from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- In the Bible, the Jewish queen of Persia who saved her people from massacre.
- n. See Table at Bible.
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- proper n. A female given name.
- proper n. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
- proper n. The heroine of the Book of Esther.
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- n. (Old Testament) a beautiful Jewess chosen by the king of Persia to be his queen; she stopped a plot to massacre all the Jews in Persia (an event celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim)
- n. an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
Hebrew estēr, from Persian sitareh, star; or Akkadian Ištar, Ishtar; see Ishtar.
After Esther1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either from Old Persian star- ("star"), or from Hebrew עשתר (Ishtar, "a Persian goddess"). Compare Middle Persian stl (star), stʾlk' (stārag), New Persian ستاره (setâre). (Wiktionary)