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

  • n. See Table at Bible.
  • n. Greek Mythology A Phrygian peasant who together with his wife Baucis received with great hospitality Zeus and Hermes disguised as men. The gods rewarded the couple by turning their humble cottage into a temple and by turning them in their old age into intertwining linden and oak trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Meliphagidae — the friarbirds.
  • proper n. The eighteenth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of St Paul to a fellow Christian called Philemon.
  • proper n. A male given name, always rather rare.

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

  • n. a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
  • n. (New Testament) a Christian (probably living in Colossae) whose slave escaped and went to see Saint Paul
  • n. (Greek mythology) a simple countryman who offered hospitality to Zeus and Hermes when they came to earth without revealing their identities in order to test people's piety

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Φιλήμων (Philēmōn), from φιλήμων (philēmōn, "kindly, affectionate"), from φιλέω (phileō, "I love") (Wiktionary)

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