Origin of matilda
Examples from the Web for matilda
The last play with this pedigree was Matilda, still going strong a year and a half later.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More|Janice Kaplan|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But voters are more likely to go for Gabriel Ebert, who plays Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical with bitter fun.
Mara Wilson The Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire actress, now 26, has been very candid about why she left Hollywood behind.The Amanda Bynes Meltdown: What Former Child Stars Are Saying|Kevin Fallon|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When she started filming Matilda, her mom was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer.
All these years later, Mara is still mistaken for Matilda or called Matilda by fans.
“You have sons, sir,” tremulously articulated Matilda, not choosing to trust her tongue with a name that dwelt ever on her heart.The Barbadoes Girl|Mrs. Hofland
Matilda left the Langley tract to her son, with a life interest to her husband.Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia|Ellen Anderson
His mother too sent him money, which led to the first quarrel between William and Matilda after so many years of faithful union.William the Conqueror|Edward Augustus Freeman
And yet you congratulated me but now,” said Matilda, “when you fancied my father intended to dispose of me!The Castle of Otranto|Horace Walpole
His wife, Matilda, was notable in domestic affairs, and a vigorous oppressor of the Welsh.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
noun Australian informal
Word Origin for Matilda
fem. proper name, from French Mathilde, of Germanic origin, literally "mighty in battle;" cf. Old High German Mahthilda, from mahti "might, power" + hildi "battle," from Proto-Germanic *hildiz "battle," from PIE *kel- (1) "to strike, cut." The name also was late 19c. Australian slang for "a traveller's bundle or swag," hence the expression waltzing Matilda "to travel on foot" (by 1889).
In my electorate nearly every man you meet who is not "waltzing Matilda" rides a bicycle. ["Parliamentary Debates," Australia, 1907]
The lyrics of the song of that name, sometimes called the unofficial Australian national anthem, are said to date to 1893.