Definitions

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

  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A book in the Old Testament of the Bible. Sometimes abbreviated as Eccl. or Eccles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the canonical books of the Old Testament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the books of the Old Testment, also called the Preacher.

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

  • n. an Old Testament book consisting of reflections on the vanity of human life; is traditionally attributed to Solomon but probably was written about 250 BC

Etymologies

Late Latin Ecclēsiastēs, from Greek Ekklēsiastēs, preacher (translation of Hebrew qōhelet), from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia, from ekklēsiā, ecclesia; see ecclesia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin Ecclesiastes, from Ancient Greek according Septuaginta Ἐκκλησιαστής (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I remember thinking at the time it was a really stupid idea, but apparently it had longevity, because those hands were the first thing I thought about when the word Ecclesiastes popped into my mind at two a.m.

    Muffins and Mayhem

  • Pretty soon, the brazen number seven was followed by the word Ecclesiastes.

    Muffins and Mayhem

  • "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" is a really powerful story to begin with - consciously old-fashioned but doing something new as well.

    Linkspam for 24-8-2009

  • Ecclesiastes is another complicated and ambiguous book.

    RCIA Presentation: The Old Testament

  • MR. DANA PORTER: Referring to the Bible as a textbook on Economics, perhaps Mr. Gardiner will remember the reference in Ecclesiastes, where the words are used: "In times of prosperity rejoice; in years of famine consider."

    Conditions in the West

  • The Scope of Ecclesiastes is to show the vanity of all mere human pursuits, when made the chief end, as contrasted with the real blessedness of true wisdom, that is, religion.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Tina always had a slight proclivity for sermonizing, but a chapter in Ecclesiastes, coming from little preachers with lips and eyes like hers, is generally acceptable.

    Oldtown Folks

  • However, I have an overriding sense (or philosophy) that it’s all a big nothing — or ‘chasing after wind’ as it says in Ecclesiastes & therefore, at least up to the present, nothing has caused me too much grief.

    What Makes Us Happy?

  • Then one day, in the ruins of an ancient library at Lambeth on the south side of the Thames, a collector of ancient technologies found a book called Ecclesiastes.

    The Good Book: A Secular Bible by AC Grayling – review

  • The timeless pessimism of the 3rd-century writer known as Ecclesiastes 1:9 points us to the enduring essence of the human heart and the amazing bodies that bear it: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

    Fresh Forms

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