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David

[dey-vid for 1, 2, 6; Dutch dah-vuh t for 3, 6 French da-veed for 4, 6; Spanish dah-veeth for 5] /ˈdeɪ vɪd for 1, 2, 6; Dutch ˈdɑ vət for 3, 6 French daˈvid for 4, 6; Spanish dɑˈvið for 5/
noun
1.
died c970 b.c., the second king of Israel, reigned c1010–c970, successor to Saul: slayer of the Philistine giant Goliath.
2.
Saint. Also called Dewi Sant, a.d. c510–601? Welsh bishop: patron saint of Wales.
3.
Gerard [gey-rahrt] /ˈgeɪ rɑrt/ (Show IPA), 1460?–1523, Flemish artist.
4.
Jacques Louis
[zhahk lwee] /ʒɑk lwi/ (Show IPA),
1748–1825, French painter.
5.
a city in SW Panama.
6.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “beloved.”.

David I

[dey-vid] /ˈdeɪ vɪd/
noun
1.
1084–1153, king of Scotland 1124–53.
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  • David shuddered, and crouched down on the ground as far as he could.

  • You see, I'm getting right down to cases on this matter with you, David.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "You are worse than that, Mack, because you are a man," said David.

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  • Where are the cities which were flourishing when David sang?

  • Nathan and David, Elijah and Ahab, have become universal types.

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British Dictionary definitions for David

David

/ˈdeɪvɪd/
noun
1.
the second king of the Hebrews (about 1000–962 bc), who united Israel as a kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital
2.
Elizabeth. 1914–92, British cookery writer. Her books include Mediterranean Food (1950) and An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (1984)
3.
(French) (david). Jacques Louis (ʒɑk lwi). 1748–1825, French neoclassical painter of such works as the Oath of the Horatii (1784), Death of Socrates (1787), and The Intervention of the Sabine Women (1799). He actively supported the French Revolution and became court painter to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804; banished at the Bourbon restoration
4.
Saint. 6th century ad, Welsh bishop; patron saint of Wales. Feast day: March 1

David I

noun
1.
1084–1153, king of Scotland (1124–53) who supported his niece Matilda's claim to the English throne and unsuccessfully invaded England on her behalf
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Word Origin and History for David

masc. proper name, in Old Testament second king of Israel and Judah and author of psalms, from Hebrew Dawidh, literally "darling, beloved friend." The name was common in England and Scotland by 12c., but much earlier in Wales. A nickname form was Dawe, hence surnames Dawson, Dawkins. A top 10 list name for boys born in the U.S. from 1934 to 1992.

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David in Culture

David definition


A great king of the Israelites in the Old Testament. David was a shepherd in his boyhood. As a youth, he asked for King Saul's permission to fight Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior whom all the other Israelites were afraid to face. Despite his small size, David managed to kill Goliath by hitting him in the forehead with a stone flung from a sling. King Saul then gave David command of his army, but he grew jealous of him and tried to kill him; David spent many years fleeing from Saul. After Saul's death, David was made king of the Israelites and served nobly, despite occasional lapses, such as an affair with Bathsheba; he had Bathsheba's husband killed so that he could marry her. Many of the Psalms are attributed to David, who was famed as a harpist. His descendants, the House of David, included Solomon and the subsequent kings of Israel and Judah; according to the Gospels, Jesus was descended from David.

Note: A “David and Goliath” contest is an unequal one in which one side is far bigger or more numerous than the other.

David definition


A large marble statue made by Michelangelo of the biblical king David. Michelangelo portrays him as a youth just about to do battle with the giant Goliath.

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