from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Table at Bible.
- Matthew, Saint First century A.D. One of the 12 Apostles and the traditionally accepted author of the first Gospel of the New Testament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A male given name of biblical origin.
- proper n. A patronymic surname.
- proper n. Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve Apostles. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew.
- proper n. The Gospel of St. Matthew, the first book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the first of the four gospels, a book attributed to Matthew the Evangelist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. Saint Matthew, a disciple of Jesus; author of the first Gospel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount
- n. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
Late Latin Matthaeus, from Greek Matthaios, from Hebrew Mattayyāh, gift of Yahweh : mattān, gift (from nātan, to give; see ntn in Semitic roots) + yāh, Yahweh; see hwy in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier Matheu, from Latin Matthaeus, from Ancient Greek Ματθαῖος (Matthaios), from Hebrew מתתיהו (Matatyahu), מתיתיהו (Matityahu), meaning "gift of the Lord; gift of Yahweh; gift of Jehovah". (Wiktionary)