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

  • Barnabas, Saint. Originally Joses or Joseph the Levite. fl. first century A.D. Christian convert and missionary with Saint Paul to Cyprus and Asia Minor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An early Christian.
  • proper n. A male given name of biblical origin.


From Ancient Greek Βαρναβᾶς (Barnabas), from the Hebrew בּר (bar, "son") and נביא (naví, "prophet"). (Wiktionary)



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