- a collar or trimming, as of lace, worn about the shoulders by women, as over a low-necked waist or dress.
Origin of bertha
- a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “bright.”
Examples from the Web for bertha
The company moved into what was called Bertha Island, and soon become synonymous with the land it occupied.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
The Big Bertha could fire a shell over almost eight miles that could reduce a fort to a smoking ruin.
Today we know that the Big Bertha was an instrument not of “strikes” but war.
Against my loving Bertha he made no objection--really and truly, my dear friend, not the least.
With a proud and indignant mien Bertha turned--not to me, but--to my father: 'Never, never!'
Bertha was going to return to her home on the sea-coast in a week.
Well, my dear Bertha, I am happy to have made your acquaintance.
Aunt Bertha had brought her as a birthday gift for Winny from Paris.
- a wide deep capelike collar, often of lace, usually to cover up a low neckline
Word Origin and History for bertha
fem. proper name, from Old High German Berahta, Perahta, the name of a goddess, literally "the bright one," from Old High German beraht, related to Old English beorht (see bright). Soldiers' nickname Big Bertha for large-bore German mortar of World War I is a reference to Frau Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, owner of Krupp steel works 1903-43.