noun Etymology: Pollyanna, heroine of the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter died 1920 American fiction writer Date: 1921 a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything • Pollyanna adjectivePollyannaish also Pollyannish adjective

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  • Pollyanna — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Pollyanna Título original Pollyanna Autor Eleanor H. Porter Artista de la cubierta David Lawrence País …   Wikipedia Español

  • Pollyanna — one who finds cause for gladness in the most difficult situations, 1921, a reference to Pollyanna Whittier, child heroine of U.S. novelist Eleanor Hodgman Porter s Pollyanna (1913) and Pollyanna Grows Up (1915), noted for keeping her chin up… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pollyanna — ☆ Pollyanna [päl΄ē an′ə ] n. [name of the young heroine of novels by Eleanor H. Porter (1868 1920), U.S. writer] an excessively or persistently optimistic person Pollyannaish [päl΄ēan′ə ish] adj. Pollyanna ish Pollyannish [päl΄ēan′ish] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Pollyanna — [n] optimist dreamer, hoper, idealist, positive thinker; concepts 410,689 …   New thesaurus

  • Pollyanna — For other uses, see Pollyanna (disambiguation) infobox Book | name = Pollyanna author = Eleanor H. Porter publisher = L.C. Page release date = 1913 english release date = media type = Print (Hardback Paperback) pages = 310 pp isbn = ISBN 1 55748… …   Wikipedia

  • Pollyanna — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Pollyanna (nouvelle) une nouvelle de Eleanor H. Porter publiée en 1913 Pollyanna (film, 1920) Pollyanna (film, 1960) The Adventures of Pollyanna (téléfilm …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pollyanna — Pol|ly|an|na [ˌpɔliˈænə US ˌpa: ] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Pollyanna, main character in the book Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter] someone who is always happy and always thinks something good is going to happen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pollyanna — UK [ˌpɒlɪˈænə] / US [ˌpɑlɪˈænə] noun [countable] Word forms Pollyanna : singular Pollyanna plural Pollyannas old fashioned someone who is always very happy and believes that only good things will happen …   English dictionary

  • Pollyanna — Pollyannaism, n. /pol ee an euh/, n. 1. an excessively or blindly optimistic person. adj. 2. (often l.c.) Also, Pollyannaish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace. [from the name of the child heroine… …   Universalium

  • Pollyanna — noun a) derived from Polly and Anna; rare in the real world. You call her an optimist, but I call her an obnoxious Pollyanna. b) The eponymous protagonist in a book by Eleanor Porter. Syn: eternal …   Wiktionary

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