GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: kawr-DEL-ee-ə, kawr-DEL-yə   [key]
Meaning & History
From Cordeilla, possibly a Celtic name of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear and the only one to remain loyal to her father. When adapting the character for his play 'King Lear' (1606), Shakespeare altered the spelling to Cordelia.
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