Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • DAN WINKLER, FATHER OF MATTHEW WINKLER: We turn our immediate attention to the remembrance of our son Matthew and the care of three precious children.

    CNN Transcript Mar 25, 2006

  • DAN WINKLER, FATHER OF MATTHEW WINKLER: Now we turn our immediate attention to the remembrance of our son Matthew and the care of three precious children.

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2006

  • DAN WINKLER, MATTHEW WINKLER'S FATHER: We turn our immediate attention to the remembrance of our son Matthew and the care of three precious children.

    CNN Transcript Mar 25, 2006

  • FRED C. MARTINEZ, ATTORNEY FOR MATTHEW PROPP: Well, Matthew is not fighting for anything.

    CNN Transcript Jun 17, 2002

  • The card certainly appeared official enough, with its gold embossed FBI seal in the top corner, and the name Matthew Hostetler—Supervising Special Agent centered below.

    The God Hater

  • Jesus in Matthew is clearly giving the same authority to Peter.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • What is striking is that the name Matthew was one invariably associated with a priestly, not a kingly or royal, lineage.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • “Does the name Matthew Shepard mean anything to you?”

    RAINBOW road

  • The word Matthew interprets to mean “God with us” appears three times in two Old Testament passages.

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • A promise that yet there should be one sign more given them, different from any that had yet been given them, even the sign of Jonas the prophet, which in Matthew is explained as meaning the resurrection of Christ.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

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