Griselda

[ gri-zel-duh ]
/ grɪˈzɛl də /
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noun

a woman of exemplary meekness and patience.
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “gray battle.”

Origin of Griselda

(def 1) after a character in a tale of the same name in Boccaccio's Decameron
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Griselda


fem. proper name, from Italian, from German Grishilda, from Old High German grisja hilda, literally "gray battle-maid." The English form, Grisilde, provided Chaucer's Grizel, the name of the meek, patient wife in the Clerk's Tale, the story and the name both from Boccaccio.

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