Cordelia

Cordelia

[kawr-deel-yuh]
noun
1.
(in Shakespeare's King Lear ) the youngest of Lear's three daughters and the only one who remains loyal to her father. Compare Goneril, Regan.
2.
a female given name.
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The youngest of the king's three daughters in the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare. King Lear at first thinks her ungrateful to him because she refuses to flatter him as her sisters do; he soon finds out that she is the only one of the three who genuinely cares for him.

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