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[ey-muh s] /ˈeɪ məs/
a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “burden.”. Unabridged
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  • Mother says, 'Ezry an' Amos, won't you never get through eatin'?

  • He and his agent, the Hon. Amos Kendall, determined to rely on private enterprise.

  • Amos has had to come to draggin' me round by degrees, an' I don't go off the lower floor.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The guard's gaze shifted from them to the trembling figure of Amos Peabody.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The Earth people revolted, under the leadership of Amos Peabody.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
British Dictionary definitions for Amos


noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
the book containing his oracles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Amos

masc. proper name; third of the prophets in the Old Testament; from Greek, from Hebrew Amos, literally "borne (by God)."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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