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Griselda (gri-ZEL-duh) noun

1. A woman of exemplary meekness and patience.

2. A female given name: from a Germanic word meaning `gray battle.'

[Def. 1 after a character in a tale of the same name in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron.]

"Whereas Rosina in `Barber' is a spitfire, all flame and sass, Cenerentola is a more demanding and less appealing role. She must bide her time but persuade her audience and her Prince that she's more than a patient Griselda who deserves happiness and redemption. Willard Spiegelman, Opera: Cinderella is a ball, The Wall Street Journal, Nov 2, 1995.

This week's theme: fictional characters who live on in the dictionary.


Trust in Allah, but tie your camel. -Arabic saying

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