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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of griselda

Historical Examples of griselda

  • So was passed the first evening after our Griselda had left the Cedars.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • Olliver is ordering Griselda to be saddled and brought across at once.

  • Never before had such an honor befallen one in Griselda's station.

  • And the strange, sad woman went with Griselda into the carriage and to Griselda's home.

  • Griselda was momentarily alarmed, but Ambition only laughed.

Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper