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

  • In the New Testament, the brother of Mary and Martha.
  • Lazarus, Emma 1849-1887. American writer. Her poem "The New Colossus” is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A man, the brother of Mary and Martha, brought back to life by Jesus after being in the tomb for four days.
  • proper n. A beggar in a parable told by Jesus Christ.
  • proper n. A male given name.
  • v. To rescue a dying person.
  • v. To raise from the dead.

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

  • n. the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
  • n. the person who Jesus raised from the dead after four days in the tomb; this miracle caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put him to death


Via Late Latin Lazarus, from Ancient Greek Λάζαρος (Lazaros), the New Testament Greek form of Secunda Hebrew אלעזר (ʼElʻāzār), literally “El has helped”; see Eleazar. (Wiktionary)



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