[ muh-til-duh ]
/ məˈtɪl də /
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noun Australian.
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Origin of matilda

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

Other definitions for matilda (2 of 2)

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

Also called Maud [mawd] /mɔd/ .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 40 mm 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for matilda (1 of 2)

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for matilda (2 of 2)

/ (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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