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[deb-er-uh, deb-ruh] /ˈdɛb ər ə, ˈdɛb rə/
a prophetess and judge of Israel. Judges 4, 5.
Also, Debora. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “bee.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Needless to say, it was "not equal to Mr. Handel's oratorio of Esther or Deborah."

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • This illustrates the scriptural term in the history of Deborah.

  • No one has been near me since Deborah came in to lay the fire.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • "Spec she's taken dem dogs a walkin'," said black Deborah unconcernedly.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • She might have been a new Deborah, heralding her nation to battle.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for Deborah


/ˈdɛbərə; -brə/
noun (Old Testament)
a prophetess and judge of Israel who fought the Canaanites (Judges 4, 5)
Rebecca's nurse (Genesis 35:8)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Deborah

fem. proper name, prophetess and judge in the Old Testament, Hebrew, literally "bee" (thus the name is the same as Melissa).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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