See also: selma, šelma, and šeļma

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Taken to use in the 19th century when similar-sounding names, Elma, Thelma, Alma, Wilma, etc. were in vogue. Perhaps a shortening of Anselma, or from the name of a place in the James Macpherson's Ossian cycle of epic poems, itself from Scottish Gaelic sealladh + math (good vision). In some cases perhaps borrowed from Turkish Selma, from Arabic سَلْمَى(salmā).

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Selma (countable and uncountable, plural Selmas)

  1. (countable) A female given name.
  2. (countable) A surname.
  3. A placename
    1. A community in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    2. A village in Graubünden canton, Switzerland.
    3. A place in the United States.
      1. A city, the county seat of Dallas County, Alabama; named for James Macpherson's Ossianic poem The Songs of Selma.
      2. A city in Fresno County, California; named for early resident Selma Michelson.
      3. A city in Texas.
      4. A town in North Carolina; named for the city in Alabama.
      5. A town in Indiana.
      6. A census-designated place in Josephine County, Oregon.
      7. A census-designated place in Virginia.
      8. An unincorporated community in Arkansas.
      9. An unincorporated community in Iowa.
      10. An unincorporated community in Kansas.
      11. An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for the place in the Ossian cycle.
      12. An unincorporated community in Ohio.

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NounEdit

Selma (plural Selmas)

  1. (US, politics, figuratively) A confrontation where authorities brutally repress those wanting civil rights, similar to Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
    • 2020, Dane Smith, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), "Toward a better patriotism", 3 July 2020
      Eventually, our place and response may be viewed as a historic turning point, another Selma for the nation and world.
    • 2015, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Workers World, "Black and Brown unity in Alabama", 24 June 2015
      Shelby County has become the new Selma.
    • 1986, Daily Sitka Sentinel, Sitka Weekend, p.11, Friday 17 January 1986
      "I don't know how many Selmas you have in your memory," she said. "I have a lot in mine."
    • 1965, The Fresno Bee, p.60, Wednesday 21 July 1965
      How Many Selmas? Still another city in the south Is learning the hard way ​that the Negro will settle for nothing less than first class citizenship.

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CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Arabic سَلْمَى(salmā).

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a surname

DanishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

EstonianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

FaroeseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Selma f

  1. a female given name

Usage notesEdit

Matronymics

  • son of Selma: Selmuson
  • daughter of Selma: Selmudóttir

DeclensionEdit

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Selma
Accusative Selmu
Dative Selmu
Genitive Selmu

FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈselmɑ/, [ˈs̠e̞lmɑ]
  • Rhymes: -elmɑ
  • Syllabification(key): Sel‧ma

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of Selma (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative Selma Selmat
genitive Selman Selmojen
partitive Selmaa Selmoja
illative Selmaan Selmoihin
singular plural
nominative Selma Selmat
accusative nom. Selma Selmat
gen. Selman
genitive Selman Selmojen
Selmainrare
partitive Selmaa Selmoja
inessive Selmassa Selmoissa
elative Selmasta Selmoista
illative Selmaan Selmoihin
adessive Selmalla Selmoilla
ablative Selmalta Selmoilta
allative Selmalle Selmoille
essive Selmana Selmoina
translative Selmaksi Selmoiksi
instructive Selmoin
abessive Selmatta Selmoitta
comitative Selmoineen
Possessive forms of Selma (type kala)
possessor singular plural
1st person Selmani Selmamme
2nd person Selmasi Selmanne
3rd person Selmansa

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IcelandicEdit

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Selma f

  1. a female given name

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NorwegianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

 
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈsɛw.mɐ/ [ˈsɛʊ̯.mɐ]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈsɛw.ma/ [ˈsɛʊ̯.ma]

Proper nounEdit

Selma f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ottoman Turkish سلمى(selma) (Turkish Selma), from Arabic سَلْمَى(salmā).

Proper nounEdit

Selma f (Cyrillic spelling Селма)

  1. a female given name

SwedishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Selma c (genitive Selmas)

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Selma

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TagalogEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English, from various similar-sounding female given names.

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: Sel‧ma

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name from English

TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic سَلْمَى(salmā).

Proper nounEdit

Selma

  1. a female given name from Arabic