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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. 2018.
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  • And into the arms and to the tender mercies of this Delilah I had given myself.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • To think that I was no better than a Delilah when I met you first!

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • For even Delilah was a Philistine, and by her perfidy served her country.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • In old days she would have been a Cleopatra, a Theodora, a Delilah.

  • She was bought by Grell to play the part of Delilah to the blackmailer.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • You know how she started in by readin' them Delilah and Jona yarns to me.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
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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