Definitions

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

  • In the Bible, a judge and prophet who aided the Israelites in their victory over the Canaanites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A judge of Israel; a nurse of Rebecca.
  • proper n. A female given name. Popular from the 1940s to the 1970s, first in the USA, then UK.

Etymologies

Hebrew dəbôrâ, bee; see dbr1 in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew, meaning bee. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because I'm allergic to honey but am not allergic to the sting, thank all things sacred I only get puffy at the sting spots, and not just because my name Deborah means bee.

    This Very Moment, the Bees

  • She also writes romantic comedies with Deborah Mazoyer under the name Deborah Shelley.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

  • Der Sheydim Tants was published in English under the title Deborah in 1946.

    Esther Kreitman.

  • In addition to being immensely readable, Delinsky's latest is thought-provoking; readers will inevitably pause to consider what they would do if they found themselves in Deborah's situation.

    The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky: Book summary

  • Deborah is the assemblywoman for the 66th district in Manhattan.

    Matthew Yglesias » The End in Somalia

  • Deborah is the smartest person I have ever known, and the fact that she will always be two steps ahead of your question before you've even asked it should not deter you from taking this class.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • In a court filing in Deborah Jeane Palfrey's racketeering and money laundering case, her attorney argues Vitter and former Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias have not responded to subpoenas, and should be held in contempt of court.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Deborah is doing a one-woman small press collective thing, including bringing work from some other small presses.

    Context Workshop

  • I see the influence of To Kill a Mockingbird in Deborah Wiles's Each Little Bird That Sings, too, especially in the relationship between the two main kids, Comfort and Peach.

    And the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal goes to...

  • As a relative amateur with regard to blogging, I was intrigued to discover the term "sockpuppet" in Deborah Solomon's interview in the Sunday Times Magaine with Lee Siegel concerning his fall from grace at the New Republic for blogging under a false name and praising his own work and attacking his detractors.

    Balkinization

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