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[kawr-deel-yuh] /kɔrˈdil yə/
(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.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After this enters Lear with the dead Cordelia in his arms, altho he is more than eighty years old and ill.

  • After this, enter a gentleman with attendants sent by Cordelia to fetch her father.

  • Only Cordelia noticed the odd smile he gave as he spoke, and she did not know what it meant.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Then the pilgrim discloses to her that he it is who is the King of Gaul, and Cordelia marries him.

  • "T-that's why," stuttered Cordelia, smiling through tear-wet eyes.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Cordelia lands with French troops to repossess Lear of his kingdom.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
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Cordelia definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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