Mata Hari

[mah-tuh hahr-ee, mat-uh har-ee]


Gertrud Margarete Zelle, 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France: executed as a spy by the French. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Mata Hari


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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Word Origin and History for mata hari

Mata Hari

stage name taken by exotic dancer Margaretha Gertruida Zelle (1876-1917), from Malay mata "eye" + hari "day, dawn."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mata hari in Culture

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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