Definitions

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

  • In the Bible, a Hebrew prophet of the sixth century B.C.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The book in the Old Testament of the Bible.
  • proper n. The prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel.
  • proper n. A male given name in regular use since the Middle Ages and recently quite popular.
  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.
  • proper n. A location in the state of Wyoming in the United States (Zip Code: 83115). (From the U.S. Census Bureau 1990)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew prophet distinguished for sagacity and ripeness of judgment in youth; hence, a sagacious and upright judge.

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

  • n. an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
  • n. a wise and upright judge
  • n. (Old Testament) a youth who was taken into the court of Nebuchadnezzar and given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6th century BC)

Etymologies

Hebrew Dānī'ēl, Dānīyēl, God is my judge : dān, judge; see dyn in Semitic roots + , my + 'ēl, God; see אl in Semitic roots.
After Daniel1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Δανιήλ (Dānīēl), from Hebrew דניּאל (daniyél, "God is my judge"). Name borne from the prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. [Oxford Names Companion, The] (Wiktionary)

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