Definitions

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

  • n. The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The third letter of the several Semitic alphabet (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet (), corresponding to the English g in go. Its numerical value is 3.

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

  • n. the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Etymologies

Hebrew gîmel, of Phoenician origin; see gml2 in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew גימל (gimel); ultimately from Proto-Semitic word for a weapon which was debatably either a staff sling or a throwing stick. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Luckily (with a gimel spin of the dreidel), due to a recent change in the law in the state of Michigan, this will be the second year in decades that it will be legal for bars to be open and serving alcohol (with a special license) on Christmas Day evening.

    Rachel Winer: Festivus! For the Rest of Us

  • The Greek alphabet was borrowed and adapted from the Phoenicians by the eighth century B.C., so that the aleph, bet, and gimel of Phoenician became the alpha, beta, and gamma of Greek.

    Alexander the Great

  • So I've tentatively extrapolated that gamma, delta, iota, chi, and rho are *cemla (cf. gimel), *talta (cf. daleth), *eiata (cf. yod), *χei and *rusa (cf. resh).

    An online Etruscan Dictionary has arrived

  • I mean, even if the wreckerator reversed the flotsam, there is no way ה (he) and נ (nun) would be adjacent on a dreidel, and even if I give the Chinese manufacturer of this awful piece of plastic the benefit of a doubt and say it's a ג (gimel) rather than a נ (nun), they are still in the wrong order.

    Chappy Chanukah

  • He feels the shadow of a great hand -- lamed gimel

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 5)

  • It grows in the woods, or near water, he says, and looks rather like wild carrot. kaf gimel

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 3)

  • All night he weeps, as his students sleep. nun gimel

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 6)

  • For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment. mem gimel

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 6)

  • When writing a “J” sound in Hebrew the proper usage would be a “gimel” with a little dash next to it. word.

    Britney Lo Midaberet Ivrit | Jewschool

  • And together the two exiled men began to recite, at first in whispers, then more loudly: "Aleph, beth, gimel, daleth ...".

    Elie Wiesel - Nobel Lecture

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