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Mata Hari

[ mah-tuh -hahr-ee, mat-uh -har-ee ]
/ ˈmɑ tə ˈhɑr i, ˈmæt ə ˈhær i /
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noun

Gertrud Margarete Zelle, 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France: executed as a spy by the French.

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British Dictionary definitions for Mata Hari

Mata Hari
/ (ˈmɑːtə ˈhɑːrɪ) /

noun

real name Gertrud Margarete Zelle. 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France, who was executed as a German spy in World War I
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Cultural definitions for Mata Hari

Mata Hari
[ (mah-tuh hahr-ee, mat-uh har-ee) ]

A Dutch spy who worked for both the French and the Germans during World War I. The French executed her in 1917.

A “Mata Hari” is a seductive, double-dealing woman.
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