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Griselda

[gri-zel-duh] /grɪˈzɛl də/
noun
1.
a woman of exemplary meekness and patience.
2.
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “gray battle.”.
Origin of Griselda
(def 1) after a character in a tale of the same name in Boccaccio's Decameron
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  • Boccaccio's Griselda has nothing to be compared to those degrees in feeling and tenderness.

  • Olliver is ordering Griselda to be saddled and brought across at once.

  • Nay, Griselda, I will not permit such a possibility to enter my head, or wake a sorrowful echo in my heart.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
  • But Ambition and Death remained as guests in Griselda's household.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • Her heart at the present moment was not quite satisfied at the state of affairs with reference to Griselda.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
  • "Thank you, Aunt Grizzel," said Griselda, going on with her bread and milk.

    The Cuckoo Clock Mrs. Molesworth
  • Griselda, there is now one plain and manifest duty before youI lay it as my dying charge on you and Katharine.

  • It was made in the shape of a temple, or a palace—Griselda was not sure which.

    The Cuckoo Clock Mrs. Molesworth
Word Origin and History for Griselda

fem. proper name, from Italian, from German Grishilda, from Old High German grisja hilda, literally "gray battle-maid." The English form, Grisilde, provided Chaucer's Grizel, the name of the meek, patient wife in the Clerk's Tale, the story and the name both from Boccaccio.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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