Definition of Mata Hari in English:

Mata Hari

Syllabification: Ma·ta Ha·ri
Pronunciation: /ˈmätə ˈhärē, ˈmatə ˈharē
 
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  • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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