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From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear) + *þrūþiþō (strength) or *trut- (maiden, dear) ; name of a Belgian seventh century saint.


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  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      : Act IV, Scene V:
      O Gertrude, Gertrude! / When sorrows come, they come not single spies, / But in battalions.
    • 1850 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Blessed Damozel, lines 103-108
      "We two," she said, "will seek the groves / Where the lady Mary is, / With her five handmaidens, whose names / Are five sweet symphonies, / Cecily, Gertrude, Magdalen, / Margaret and Rosalys.

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