American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Mata Hari Originally Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. 1876-1917. Dutch spy. A professional dancer in Paris after 1905, she apparently spied for Germany during World War I and was arrested and executed by the French.
- n. Dutch dancer who was executed by the French as a German spy in World War I (1876-1917)
- From Dutch (stage name of Margaretha Geertruida (Grietje) Zelle, a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for alleged espionage during World War I), from Indonesian matahari ("sun"), from Malay matahari ("sun"). (Wiktionary)
“She hit two and walked into the bedroom to dress for her Mata Hari date.”
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