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

  • noun A name for God thought to represent the original pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton among the ancient Hebrews.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A modern transliteration of the Hebrew word translated Jehovah in the Bible; -- used by some critics to discriminate the tribal god of the ancient Hebrews from the Christian Jehovah. Yahweh or Yahwe is the spelling now generally adopted by scholars.

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  • proper noun the name of the God of Israel worshipped by the Jahwist prophets in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah in antiquity
  • proper noun biblical in "Sacred Name Bibles", translating the Tetragrammaton

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

  • noun a name for the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from the Hebrew consonants YHVH

Etymologies

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

[Conventional pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, written in Hebrew as yhwh; see hwy in Semitic roots.]

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