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[dih-lahy-luh] /dɪˈlaɪ lə/
Samson's mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16.
a seductive and treacherous woman.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “delicate.”. Unabridged
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  • Barry saw Leila often, but, as yet, no one but Delilah Jeliffe knew of the tie between them.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • On the other hand, the fashionable Delilah story was a brilliant invention.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • The lure that snared thy fathers may trap thee, this Delilah may shear thy mystic locks.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • But before the evening was over, Delilah had shorn Samson of his locks.

  • It was some little time before she could get rid of Mrs. Temple and Delilah.

    Throckmorton Molly Elliot Seawell
  • Delilah returned presently, with the heavy quarto in her arms.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for Delilah


Samson's Philistine mistress, who deprived him of his strength by cutting off his hair (Judges 16:4–22)
a voluptuous and treacherous woman; temptress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Delilah

"temptress, treacherous lover," 1590s, from the name of the woman who seduced and betrayed Samson in Judges, from Hebrew Delilah, literally "delicate, languishing, amorous," from Semitic root d-l-l "to hang down, to languish."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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