Definition of Mata Hari in English:

Mata Hari

proper noun

  • 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. 1.1A beautiful and seductive female spy.
      ‘a Mata Hari of world finance’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you haven't seen ‘Hare Meets Herr,’ or the one where a Mata Hari pigeon seduces Daffy, you haven't lived.’
      temptress, siren, femme fatale, enchantress, sorceress, delilah, circe, lorelei, mata hari
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From Malay mata eye and hari day, as a compound meaning sun.


Mata Hari

/ˌmɑːtə ˈhɑːri/