Definitions

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

  • n. A six-pointed star, a symbol of Judaism, that is formed by placing two triangles together, one inverted over the other or interlaced. Also called Shield of David, Star of David.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Star of David

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hexagram{1a}, when used as the symbol of Judaism; called also Mogen David and Star of David. It is included on the flag of Israel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cabalistic emblem consisting of two intertwined triangles, forming a six-pointed star.

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

  • n. a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism

Etymologies

Hebrew māgēn dāwīd, shield of David : māgēn, shield (from gānan, to cover; see gnn in Semitic roots) + Dāwīd, David; see dwd in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Israelwhite with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    Flag description

  • Flag description: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    Israel

  • Description: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • Flag: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • Israel: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Israel white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • These earrings and matching pendant offer the wearer a different kind of Magen David and a different kind of Judaic jewelry.

    Earring Star | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Generation J catches up with Alan Oirich, creator of The Jewish Hero Corps, a series of comic books depicting Jewish superheroes such as Magen David, Menorah Man, and Matzah Woman.

    2003 December | Jewschool

  • It's a little known fact that during Palin's many undergraduate years, when she wasn't davinning while wearing her Magen David, she was a perfervid reader of fiction and one of her favorite authors was Borges and one of her favorite books by Borges was the classic collection, Labyrinths.

    Mark Axelrod: The Palin Borges Connection; or, What's History Got to Do With It?

  • The Hebrew, Magen David, translates as 'shield of David.'

    Laura Silver: On Veterans, Crosses And Shields

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