[ muh-til-duh ]
/ məˈtɪl də /

noun Australian.

Nearby words

  1. maths,
  2. maths.,
  3. mathura,
  4. mathusala,
  5. matie,
  6. matilde,
  7. matilija poppy,
  8. matin,
  9. matinee,
  10. mating

Origin of matilda

First recorded in 1890–95; special use of proper name Matilda


[ muh-til-duh; for 3 also Italian mah-teel-dah ]
/ məˈtɪl də; for 3 also Italian mɑˈtil dɑ /


Also called Maud. 1102–67, empress of the Holy Roman Empire 1114–25; queen of England 1141 (daughter of Henry I of England).
Military. a 26½-ton British tank of early World War II, having a crew of four and armed with a 40mm gun.
Also Ma·til·de [muh-til-duh; French ma-teeld; Italian mah-teel-de] /məˈtɪl də; French maˈtild; Italian mɑˈtil dɛ/. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for matilda


/ (məˈtɪldə) /

noun Australian informal

a bushman's swag
waltz Matilda or walk Matilda to travel the road carrying one's swag

Word Origin for Matilda

C20: from the Christian name


/ (məˈtɪldə) /


known as the Empress Maud. 1102–67, only daughter of Henry I of England and wife of Geoffrey of Anjou. After her father's death (1135) she unsuccessfully waged a civil war with Stephen for the English throne; her son succeeded as Henry II
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Word Origin and History for matilda


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