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Mata Hari

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɑːtə ˈhɑːri
 
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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: a Mata Hari of world finance
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.

Origin

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

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