Share this entry
Mata Hari Syllabification: Ma·ta Ha·ri
Pronunciation: /ˈmätə ˈhärē/ /ˈmatə ˈharē/

Definition of Mata Hari in English:

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.
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'.

Words that rhyme with Mata Hari

askari, Bari, Cagliari, calamari, Campari, charivari, curare, Ferrari, Harare, Kalahari, Mari, Qatari, Rastafari, safari, sari, Scutari, shikari, sparry, starry, Stradivari, tamari, terramare, Vasari, Zanzibari
Definition of Mata Hari in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words