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Griselda

[gri-zel-duh]
noun
  1. a woman of exemplary meekness and patience.
  2. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “gray battle.”
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Origin of Griselda

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

  • So Death and Ambition walked in the street and talked of Griselda and her child.

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

  • But Ambition and Death remained as guests in Griselda's household.


Word Origin and History for griselda

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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