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

  • In the Bible, a Moabite widow who left home with her mother-in-law and went to Bethlehem, where she later married Boaz.
  • n. See Table at Bible.
  • Ruth, George Herman Called "Babe.” 1895-1948. American baseball player. A pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1915-1919) and outfielder for the New York Yankees (1920-1935), he hit 714 home runs, played in 10 World Series, and held 54 major-league records. Known as "the Sultan of Swat,” he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  • proper n. Ruth the Moabite, around whom the text centers.
  • proper n. A female given name.


Hebrew or Moabite Rût; see rwy in Semitic roots.
After Ruth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ruth the Moabite, Hebrew רות, of uncertain origin, possibly meaning "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth by Puritans. (Wiktionary)



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