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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.MIE-lee
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Meaning & History

In the case of actress and singer Miley Cyrus (1992-), it is a shortened form of the nickname Smiley, given to her by her father because she often smiled. Although it was not at all common before she brought it to public attention, there are some examples of its use before her time, most likely as a diminutive of MILES.

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actresses, diminutives, modern English, pop music, singers, trendy
Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute