matilda Unabridged


[muh-til-duh; for 3 also Italian mah-teel-dah]
Also called Maud. 1102–67, empress of the Holy Roman Empire 1114–25; queen of England 1141 (daughter of Henry I of England).
Military. a 26½-ton British tank of early World War II, having a crew of four and armed with a 40mm gun.
Also, Matilde [muh-til-duh; French ma-teeld; Italian mah-teel-de] . a female given name. Unabridged
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Matilda1 (məˈtɪldə)
1.  a bushman's swag
2.  waltz Matilda, walk Matilda to travel the road carrying one's swag
[C20: from the Christian name]

Matilda2 (məˈtɪldə)
known as the Empress Maud. 1102--67, only daughter of Henry I of England and wife of Geoffrey of Anjou. After her father's death (1135) she unsuccessfully waged a civil war with Stephen for the English throne; her son succeeded as Henry II

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Word Origin & History

fem. proper name, from Fr. Mathilde, of Gmc. origin, lit. "mighty in battle," cf. O.H.G. Mahthilda, from mahti "might, power" + hildi "battle."
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