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Cordelia

[kawr-deel-yuh]
noun
  1. (in Shakespeare's King Lear) the youngest of Lear's three daughters and the only one who remains loyal to her father.Compare Goneril, Regan.
  2. a female given name.
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  • She looked so beseechingly at us, and so like my own little Cordelia, by God!

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • After some hesitation my tutor fixed on the part of Cordelia.

  • The last anybody heard they were the property of Mrs. Cordelia Berry.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • We-ll, I'd like to hear a little testimony from Cordelia first.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Cordelia is to have it free and clear, but I am to invest it for her.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


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Cordelia

The youngest of the king's three daughters in the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare. King Lear at first thinks her ungrateful to him because she refuses to flatter him as her sisters do; he soon finds out that she is the only one of the three who genuinely cares for him.

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