from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH or JHVH, used as a biblical proper name for God.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The four Hebrew letters יהוה (in transliteration, YHWH or JHVH) used as the ineffable name of God in the Hebrew Bible, variously transliterated as Yahweh or Jehovah.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The mystic number four, which was often symbolized to represent the Deity, whose name was expressed by four letters among some ancient nations
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A complex of four letters: applied to the mystic name Jehovah (see Jehovah) as written with four Hebrew letters, and sometimes transferred to other similar combinations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) signifying the Hebrew name for God which the Jews regarded as too holy to pronounce
Middle English Tetragramaton, from Greek tetragrammaton, four-letter word, from neuter of tetragrammatos, four-lettered : tetra-, tetra- + gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τετραγράμματον ("four-letter word"), neuter gender of τετραγράμματος ("having four letters"). (Wiktionary)