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[muh-til-duh; for 3 also Italian mah-teel-dah] /məˈtɪl də; for 3 also Italian mɑˈtil dɑ/
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, Matilde
[muh-til-duh; French ma-teeld; Italian mah-teel-de] /məˈtɪl də; French maˈtild; Italian mɑˈtil dɛ/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the romance which made the profoundest impression upon her was, without question, that entitled matilde, or the Crusades.

    The Marquis of Pealta (Marta y Mara) Armando Palacio Valds
  • matilde, do me the favor of taking the carnation away from that pig.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • As matilde had no child of her own, she adopted it (canto 4).

  • matilde tried to keep him, begging that he would not go that night, caressing his hands, with no result except to make him cross.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • I remember one day that matilde, having gone out with Teresa, came home when we had been at dinner some time.

  • Time has tempered matilde Serao's erotic literary coefficient and her last books are cool, more serene, and less interesting.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • After the death of matilde no true love had ever occupied my heart again.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • On this particular day matilde's friends manifested a continuous hostility to the visitors who came into the vast salon.

  • Here matilde Serao had penned a lasting testimony to the marital fidelity of her husband.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Bless matilde,” said the landlord as he wiped his eyes again, “I had a hard time to fill her place.

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for matilde


noun (Austral, informal)
a bushman's swag
waltz Matilda, walk Matilda, to travel the road carrying one's swag
Word Origin
C20: from the Christian name


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
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Word Origin and History for matilde


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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