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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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