Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, the first patriarch and progenitor of the Hebrew people. He was the father of Isaac.
  • Plains ofAbraham A field adjoining the upper part of Quebec City, Canada. In 1759 the British under Gen. James Wolfe defeated the French under Gen. Louis Montcalm in a decisive battle of the French and Indian Wars. The victory led to British supremacy in Canada.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See Abram.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and the father of Isaac; according to Genesis, God promised to give Abraham's family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan (the Promised Land); God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son

Etymologies

Hebrew 'abrāhām, the (divine) Father is exalted : 'āb, father; see אb in Semitic roots + rām, rāhām, exalted; see rwm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin Ābraham, from Ancient Greek Ἀβραάμ (Abraam), from Hebrew אַבְרָהָם (avrahám, "Abraham"). Glossed as אַב (av, "father of") + הֲמוֹן (hamón, "multitude of") in Genesis 17:4–5; or from Hebrew אַבְרָם (avrám, "Abram"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For an account of these later patriarchs see articles ABRAHAM; ISAAC; JACOB; etc. The earlier patriarchs comprise the antediluvian group, and those who are placed between the Flood and the birth of Abraham.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • CYNTHIA DE GRAF, GIRLFRIEND OF SUSPECT ABRAHAM JONES: We went to the Sol (ph) Beach Festival together, me, Abraham and my friend Bernadine.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2005

  • For their honeymoon, they went to the south of India, and seven hours after they got there they had two twin babies, a boy and a girl which they called Abraham and Sarah, because they were fond of those holy saints.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book

  • The good land covenanted to Abraham is to be restored to his seed.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • While David and I settled on the name Abraham Lincoln, the pooch stole glances up at me; through the course of the journey home, the glances got longer and longer, and by the time we got to our apartment he couldn’t take his eyes off of me.

    Dirty Secret

  • First Impression: People associate the name Abraham with Abraham Lincoln and imagine a highly intelligent and trustworthy leader who’s tall, dark, and bearded.

    5-Star Baby Name Advisor

  • Abraham is so scared of Pharaoh that he lets Pharaoh marry his wife with any word of protest.

    The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb » Comics Worth Reading

  • Once in late '93 I flipped a Toyota truck off an icy curve on the back roads of Hudson Valley, NY; and as I crawled from the wreckage and looked back from the darkness, it was Camping's voice, booming as if God were calling Abraham to murder his son for a lark, that I could clearly hear emanating from the flickering dashboard.

    James Campion: How I'll Spend Judgment Day

  • Christians, and Muslims all agree that they are descended from Abraham, for example, and the lesson of Abraham is that God used him to extend his blessing to all humankind.

    A Conversation with Bruce Feiler

  • If you could have witnessed one episode in Abraham's life, which one would you chose?

    A Conversation with Bruce Feiler

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