- fem. proper name, from French Mathilde, of Germanic origin, literally "mighty in battle;" compare Old High German Mahthilda, from mahti "might, power" + hildi "battle," from Proto-Germanic *hildiz "battle," from PIE *kel- (1) "to strike, cut." The name also was late 19c. Australian slang for "a traveler's bundle or swag," hence the expression waltzing Matilda "to travel on foot" (by 1889).
In my electorate nearly every man you meet who is not "waltzing Matilda" rides a bicycle. ["Parliamentary Debates," Australia, 1907]
The lyrics of the song of that name, sometimes called the unofficial Australian national anthem, are said to date to 1893.
- 1. He ordered that Matilda's body should be buried in the family vault.
- 2. Matilda was embroidering an altar cloth covered with flowers and birds.
- 3. Matilda was born in northern Italy in 1046 and apparently lived to a ripe old age.
- 4. His guest was the famed Taiwanese host, Matilda Tao.
- 5. Even Tom had to laugh when Matilda described the scene.
[ Matilda 造句 ]