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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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  • So was passed the first evening after our Griselda had left the Cedars.

    Miss Mackenzie

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

  • So Death and Ambition walked in the street and talked of Griselda and her child.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • Never before had such an honor befallen one in Griselda's station.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • But Ambition and Death remained as guests in Griselda's household.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • Griselda was momentarily alarmed, but Ambition only laughed.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • And the strange, sad woman went with Griselda into the carriage and to Griselda's home.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • I want no tame Griselda, but the little girl who once said she was always happy with me.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
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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