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[ad-uh m for 1, 3, 5–8; a-dahn for 2, 4] /ˈæd əm for 1, 3, 5–8; aˈdɑ̃ for 2, 4/
the name of the first man: husband of Eve and progenitor of the human race. Gen. 2:7; 5:1–5.
Adolphe Charles
[a-dawlf sharl] /aˈdɔlf ʃarl/ (Show IPA),
1803–56, French composer of comic opera and ballet music.
James, 1730–94, and his brother Robert, 1728–92, English architects and furniture designers.
Lambert Sigisbert
[lahn-ber see-zheez-ber] /lɑ̃ˈbɛr si ʒizˈbɛr/ (Show IPA),
1700–59, and his brother Nicholas Sébastien
[nee-kaw-lah sey-bahs-tyan] /ni kɔˈlɑ seɪ bɑsˈtyɛ̃/ (Show IPA)
1705–78, French sculptors.
a male given name.
of or relating to the style of architecture, decoration, or furnishings associated with Robert and James Adam, characterized by free adaptation of ancient Roman forms and interiors treated with delicate ornament generally painted in light, vivid colors.
not know from Adam, to be unacquainted with:
He says hello to us every morning, but we don't know him from Adam.
the old Adam, the natural tendency toward sin:
He attributed his wild outburst to the old Adam in him.
Origin of Adam
From the Hebrew word ādhām literally, man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Adam, who had been helping in the latter stages, squinted at the ceiling of the box.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • He was never surer of anything in his life than he was of Adam's sincerity.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • "You're surprised to see me at this hour o' the day," said Adam.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • Thus He breathed the life into man at first, in the day of the creation of Adam.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • The general condition of things produced by the fall of Adam could not be used as an argument against matrimony generally.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for Adam


(Old Testament) the first man, created by God: the progenitor of the human race (Genesis 2–3)
not know someone from Adam, to have no knowledge of or acquaintance with someone
the old Adam, the evil supposedly inherent in human nature


(French) (adɑ̃). Adolphe. 1803–56, French composer, best known for his romantic ballet Giselle (1841)
(ˈædəm). Robert. 1728–92, Scottish architect and furniture designer. Assisted by his brother, James, 1730–94, he emulated the harmony of classical and Italian Renaissance architecture
in the neoclassical style made popular by Robert Adam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Adam

masc. proper name, Biblical name of the first man, from Hebrew adam "man," literally "(the one formed from the) ground" (Hebrew adamah "ground"); cf. Latin homo "man," humanus "human," humus "earth, ground, soil." To not know (someone) from Adam "not know him at all" is first recorded 1784.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Adam


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with Adam


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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