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

  • A Hebrew high priest of the fifth century B.C. who led many Jews back to Jerusalem after their Babylonian exile.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The fifteenth book of the Old Testament and a book of the Hebrew Tanakh.
  • proper n. A Jewish high priest from the fifth century.
  • proper n. A male given name of biblical origin.

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

  • n. a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem
  • n. an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity

Etymologies

Hebrew 'ezrā', a nickname, perhaps for 'azrî'ēl, God is my help; see ʿḏr in Semitic roots.
After Ezra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Hebrew עזרא ("God helps"). (Wiktionary)

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