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Mata Hari

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


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


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Examples from the Web for mata hari

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mata hari

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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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

Culture 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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