Definitions

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

  • In the Bible, a mistress of Samson who betrayed him to the Philistines by having his hair shorn while he slept, thus depriving him of his strength.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The mistress of Samson who betrays him to the Philistines.
  • proper n. A beautiful, cunning and treacherous woman; a femme fatale.
  • proper n. A female given name of biblical origin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (Judges xvi.); hence, a harlot; a temptress.

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

  • n. a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
  • n. (Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength

Etymologies

Of uncertain Hebrew origin, often defined as meaning "delightful, seductive". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • SAMSON AND DELILAH 1949 Lamarr ' s last really great film, made in glorious Technicolor, gave her the role she was born to play: Delilah, the Bible temptress who is the undoing of Samson.

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  • And Delilah is clad, it is true, in what used to be called a dress with a plunging neckline -- very plunging.

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  • The name Delilah is fitly used to describe those who with flattery bring destruction on those whom they pretend to love.

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  • But otherwise, this is a "Delilah" - free zone, suggesting that Jones sees his new record as standing apart from his more famous body of work.

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  • He decided it would not be a complete casino show without a Tom Jones song, so he ripped into 'Delilah' - it was really funny.

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  • Everyone's favorite metal airline pilot takes on Tom Jones '"Delilah" - and kills it.

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  • Although the book is called Delilah, it is told in multiple viewpoints.

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  • This place, I told Supple, was owned and run by a woman called Delilah whose crippled daughter I had once painted as a favour.

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  • She brushed the dust from her long coat and chuckled aloud: "I allus said that animal oughter be called Delilah 'cuz _she_ was so sly, but my ole man says' Samson 'was close enough to that critter, and this animal hez such long hair that it suits with the name."

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