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Deborah

[deb-er-uh, deb-ruh]
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noun
  1. a prophetess and judge of Israel. Judges 4, 5.
  2. Also Deb·o·ra. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “bee.”
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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.

  • "Spec she's taken dem dogs a walkin'," said black Deborah unconcernedly.

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

  • She might have been a new Deborah, heralding her nation to battle.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for deborah

Deborah

noun Old Testament
  1. a prophetess and judge of Israel who fought the Canaanites (Judges 4, 5)
  2. Rebecca's nurse (Genesis 35:8)
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Word Origin and History for deborah

Deborah

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

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