Definitions

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

  • In the Bible, the eldest son of King Saul of Israel and friend of David.
  • n. A variety of red, late-ripening apple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A son of Saul, first mentioned in 1 Samuel.
  • proper n. A male given name of biblical origin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument used by smokers to light their pipes with.

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

  • n. red late-ripening apple; primarily eaten raw

Etymologies

After Jonathan Hasbrouck (died 1846), American jurist and gardener.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew יְהוֹנָתָן (y'honatán) and יוֹנָתָן (yonatán) (Jehonathan), both meaning “God gave [me]”; ("Jehovah has given"), apparently with influence from the Aramaic preference for the latter form. Often incorrectly considered to be a variant of John. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • JONATHAN LEE, CREATOR, GO GREEN MAN (voice-over): Hi, I'm Jonathan, the creator of Go Green Man, and I have interviewed all the presidential candidates to see how green they are and how nice they are to children.

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2008

  • JONATHAN FREED, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Jonathan -- good morning, Miles.

    CNN Transcript Dec 14, 2006

  • JONATHAN LEE, GOGREEN MAN: Hi, I'm Jonathan, the creator of GoGreen Man.

    CNN Transcript Mar 8, 2008

  • Hawks captain Jonathan Toews remains day-to-day; the forward has been out with the head injury.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • I think that Jonathan is probably right thatfiction as "conventionally defined" by many readers and critics is not first of all regarded as art, and is precisely distinguished from poetry by the latter's more apparent homologies with music.

    "Literature"

  • Jonathan is speaking specifically of poetry, but I believe the same principle he enunciates applies to fiction as well.

    Book Reviewing

  • It's hard to be too jealous, though, because Jonathan is a totally sweet guy and he actually is the sort of genius writer for whom such prizes were created.

    Boing Boing

  • A BBC spokesman said, Jonathan is eager to return to the fray, and excited about bringing Fonejacker to a wider audience.

    Ross Returns to TV Screens

  • The spokesman added, but it's important viewers don't think that Jonathan is completely forgiven for his mistakes.

    Ross Returns to TV Screens

  • Jonathan is doing something pretentious as usual, an "open-work filigree" that Heidi likens to a curtain, which leads Jon to redo the dress not once but twice, resulting in what looks like a sloppy toga the color of dishwater with a red band around the back like a baboon's ass.

    Una LaMarche: Project Runway Episode 11 Recap: Alba-tross

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