[ mah-tuh-hahr-ee, mat-uh-har-ee ]
/ ˈmɑ tə ˈhɑr i, ˈmæt ə ˈhær i /
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Gertrud Margarete Zelle, 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France: executed as a spy by the French.
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The look was inspired by Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and the World War I spy Mata Hari.Deconstructing Lady Gaga's 5 Bras in "Applause"|Erin Cunningham|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mabille particularly likes Mata Hari or The Marquise de Montespan as women of intrigue.Salt's Spy Style|Stephanie LaCava|July 23, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Mata-hari, the sun (Malay), is thus the 12 eye of Hari, and is a compound formed of the native word mata and the Sanskrit hari.A Manual of the Malay language|William Edward Maxwell
Matari, or Mata-hari (the eye of day), the Sun, a poetical title of honor to a pirate-chief.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido|Henry Keppel
British Dictionary definitions for Mata Hari
/ (ˈmɑːtə ˈhɑːrɪ) /
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
[ (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.
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A “Mata Hari” is a seductive, double-dealing woman.
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