Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

gertrude

[gur-trood]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a slip or underdress for infants.

Origin of gertrude

1925–30, Americanism; special use of Gertrude

Gertrude

[gur-trood]
noun
  1. a female given name: from Germanic words meaning “spear” and “strength.”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gertrude

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • "Say he name Law," Gertrude replied, looking at the ceiling to express her fatigue.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Gertrude spoke out freely: "You mean you astin' me to 'tend you' front do' fer you?"

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Gertrude had just made her entrance from the dining-room, bearing a tray.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Gertrude rose and, coming around the table, put her arms about his neck.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Gertrude was interested, but not greatly shocked or grieved.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln


Word Origin and History for gertrude

Gertrude

fem. proper name, from French, from Old High German Geretrudis, from ger "spear" + trut "beloved, dear."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper