- Gertrud Margarete Zelle, 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France: executed as a spy by the French.
Examples from the Web for mata hari
Mata-hari, the sun (Malay), is thus the 12 eye of Hari, and is a compound formed of the native word mata and the Sanskrit hari.A Manual of the Malay language
William Edward Maxwell
Matari, or Mata-hari (the eye of day), the Sun, a poetical title of honor to a pirate-chief.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
- real name Gertrud Margarete Zelle. 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France, who was executed as a German spy in World War I
Word Origin and History for mata hari
stage name taken by exotic dancer Margaretha Gertruida Zelle (1876-1917), from Malay mata "eye" + hari "day, dawn."
A Dutch spy who worked for both the French and the Germans during World War I. The French executed her in 1917.