CRESSIDA
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Literature
PRONOUNCED: KRES-ə-də (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS. Various medieval tales describe her as a woman of Troy, daughter of Calchus, who leaves her Trojan lover Troilus for the Greek hero Diomedes. Shakespeare's play 'Troilus and Cressida' (1602) was based on these tales.