Definition of Mata Hari in English:

Mata Hari

Syllabification: Ma·ta Ha·ri
Pronunciation: /ˈmätə ˈhärē, ˈmatə ˈharē
1 ( 1876–1917), Dutch dancer and secret agent; born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. She probably worked for both French and German intelligence services before being executed by the French in 1917.
1.1 (as noun a Mata Hari) A beautiful and seductive female spy.
More example sentences
  • If you haven't seen ‘Hare Meets Herr,’ or the one where a Mata Hari pigeon seduces Daffy, you haven't lived.
  • If it is hard to see her as a bit of a Mata Hari - and one would rather not - it is even harder to believe that she was a keen stamp collector, holding on to her albums to the end.


from Malay mata 'eye' and hari 'day', as a compound meaning 'sun'.

Definition of Mata Hari in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dɪˈmɒrəlʌɪz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope