Go·​di·​va gə-ˈdī-və How to pronounce Godiva (audio)
: an English earl's wife who in legend rode naked through Coventry to save its citizens from a tax

Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Godiva was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Godiva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Godiva. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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