Godiva

noun
Go·​di·​va | \ gə-ˈdī-və How to pronounce Godiva (audio) \

Definition of Godiva

: an English earl's wife who in legend rode naked through Coventry to save its citizens from a tax

First Known Use of Godiva

1785, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Godiva

Statistics for Godiva

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Godiva

The first known use of Godiva was in 1785

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Godiva

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Godiva

Comments on Godiva

What made you want to look up Godiva? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to be made up of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!