Origin of matilda
- Also called Maud. 1102–67, empress of the Holy Roman Empire 1114–25; queen of England 1141 (daughter of Henry I of England).
- Military. a 26½-ton British tank of early World War II, having a crew of four and armed with a 40mm gun.
- Also Ma·til·de [muh-til-duh; French ma-teeld; Italian mah-teel-de] /məˈtɪl də; French maˈtild; Italian mɑˈtil dɛ/. a female given name.
Examples from the Web for matilda
The last play with this pedigree was Matilda, still going strong a year and a half later.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
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But voters are more likely to go for Gabriel Ebert, who plays Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical with bitter fun.Who’ll Win a 2013 Tony Award—and Who Deserves To
June 6, 2013
Mara Wilson The Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire actress, now 26, has been very candid about why she left Hollywood behind.The Amanda Bynes Meltdown: What Former Child Stars Are Saying
June 4, 2013
When she started filming Matilda, her mom was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer.
All these years later, Mara is still mistaken for Matilda or called Matilda by fans.
Now, if it were really Matilda Fitzwater, who were her two companions?
He kissed Matilda's forehead, and walked away without a song.
The baron was inflexible in his resolution not to let Matilda leave the castle.
Shall I take your hand, Matilda, in the presence of this my court?
Great acclamations succeeded, and the forester led Matilda to the dance.
- a bushman's swag
- waltz Matilda or walk Matilda to travel the road carrying one's swag
- known as the Empress Maud. 1102–67, only daughter of Henry I of England and wife of Geoffrey of Anjou. After her father's death (1135) she unsuccessfully waged a civil war with Stephen for the English throne; her son succeeded as Henry II
Word Origin and History for matilda
fem. proper name, from French Mathilde, of Germanic origin, literally "mighty in battle;" cf. Old High German Mahthilda, from mahti "might, power" + hildi "battle," from Proto-Germanic *hildiz "battle," from PIE *kel- (1) "to strike, cut." The name also was late 19c. Australian slang for "a traveller's bundle or swag," hence the expression waltzing Matilda "to travel on foot" (by 1889).
In my electorate nearly every man you meet who is not "waltzing Matilda" rides a bicycle. ["Parliamentary Debates," Australia, 1907]
The lyrics of the song of that name, sometimes called the unofficial Australian national anthem, are said to date to 1893.