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bertha

[bur-thuh]
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noun
  1. a collar or trimming, as of lace, worn about the shoulders by women, as over a low-necked waist or dress.
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Origin of bertha

First recorded in 1835–45; named after Bertha (died a.d. 783), wife of Frankish king Pepin the Short; she was famed for her modesty

Bertha

[bur-thuh]
noun
  1. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “bright.”
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Related Words

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  • Against my loving Bertha he made no objection--really and truly, my dear friend, not the least.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • With a proud and indignant mien Bertha turned--not to me, but--to my father: 'Never, never!'

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • Well, my dear Bertha, I am happy to have made your acquaintance.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • Bertha was going to return to her home on the sea-coast in a week.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • Aunt Bertha had brought her as a birthday gift for Winny from Paris.


British Dictionary definitions for bertha

bertha

noun
  1. a wide deep capelike collar, often of lace, usually to cover up a low neckline
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Word Origin

C19: from French berthe, from Berthe, 8th-century Frankish queen, mother of Charlemagne
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Word Origin and History for bertha

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.

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