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

  • n. A descendant of Ishmael.
  • n. An outcast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any descendant of Ishmael
  • n. an outcast

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A descendant of Ishmael (the son of Abraham and Hagar), of whom it was said, “His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him.”
  • n. One at enmity with society; a wanderer; a vagabond; an outcast.
  • n. See Ismaelian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A descendant of Ishmael, Abraham's son, who, as is related in Genesis (xxi. 14), was driven into the wilderness with his mother, Hagar. His twelve sons were “princes” or heads of tribes. The Arabs regard him as their ancestor.
  • n. One resembling Ishmael, whose hand was “against every man, and every man's hand against him” (Gen. xvi. 12); one at war with society.


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