Gri·​sel·​da gri-ˈzel-də How to pronounce Griselda (audio)
: a woman of humble origins in medieval legend who endures tests of wifely patience laid on her by her wellborn husband

Word History


Middle English, from It

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Griselda was in the 14th century

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“Griselda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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