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
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)