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bertha

[bur-thuh] /ˈbɜr θə/
noun
1.
a collar or trimming, as of lace, worn about the shoulders by women, as over a low-necked waist or dress.
Origin of bertha
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; named after Bertha (died a.d. 783), wife of Frankish king Pepin the Short; she was famed for her modesty

Bertha

[bur-thuh] /ˈbɜr θə/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “bright.”.
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  • Against my loving bertha he made no objection--really and truly, my dear friend, not the least.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • With a proud and indignant mien bertha turned--not to me, but--to my father: 'Never, never!'

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Well, my dear bertha, I am happy to have made your acquaintance.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • bertha was going to return to her home on the sea-coast in a week.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Aunt bertha had brought her as a birthday gift for Winny from Paris.

  • bertha, Pietro, and the others got their crests and saw their names in the paper.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • Prue and Idalene and bertha he would have sentenced to deportation if he had had the jurisdiction.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for bertha

bertha

/ˈbɜːθə/
noun
1.
a wide deep capelike collar, often of lace, usually to cover up a low neckline
Word Origin
C19: from French berthe, from Berthe, 8th-century Frankish queen, mother of Charlemagne
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Word Origin and History for bertha

Bertha

fem. proper name, from Old High German Berahta, Perahta, the name of a goddess, literally "the bright one," from Old High German beraht, related to Old English beorht (see bright). Soldiers' nickname Big Bertha for large-bore German mortar of World War I is a reference to Frau Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, owner of Krupp steel works 1903-43.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bertha

Bertha

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big bertha

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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