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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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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Delilah in the Bible

languishing, a Philistine woman who dwelt in the valley of Sorek (Judg. 16:4-20). She was bribed by the "lords of the Philistines" to obtain from Samson the secret of his strength and the means of overcoming it (Judg. 16:4-18). She tried on three occasions to obtain from him this secret in vain. On the fourth occasion she wrung it from him. She made him sleep upon her knees, and then called the man who was waiting to help her; who "cut off the seven locks of his head," and so his "strength went from him." (See SAMSON.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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