Share this entry

Share this page

Godiva, Lady

Syllabification: Go·di·va, Lady
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈdīvə
 
/

Definition of Godiva, Lady in English:

( Died 1080), English noblewoman; wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to legend, she agreed to her husband’s proposition that he would reduce unpopular taxes only if she rode naked on horseback through Coventry’s marketplace. According to later versions of the story, nobody watched except peeping Tom, who was struck blind in punishment.

Definition of Godiva, Lady in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day vigesimal
Pronunciation: vɪˈdʒɛsɪm(ə)l
adjective
relating to or based on the number twenty