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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • In the Bible, the son of Abraham who was offered as a sacrifice to God. The sacrifice was prevented at the last moment by divine intervention.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The hedge-sparrow.

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  • proper noun The son of Abraham and Sarah, father of Esau and Jacob, from whom the Hebrew people trace their descent.
  • proper noun A male given name

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

  • noun (Old Testament) the second patriarch; son of Abraham and Sarah who was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice to God; father of Jacob and Esau

Etymologies

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From Hebrew יִצְחָק (Yitzchak or Yitzhak), meaning "laughed; laughter" (since his mother Sarah laughed when told she was pregnant at her old age).

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