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[ee-lahy] /ˈi laɪ/
a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1–4.
Also, Elie
[el-ee] /ˈɛl i/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “height.”. Unabridged
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  • Eli's been drunk some, bur his girls are really a good deal of help.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Ezra, strengthened by Eli's arm which did not waver, ventured to open his eyes.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips
  • For Old Eli had been a failure, a flat, appalling, stupefying failure.

  • Besides, according to my father's promise, I had been friendly with Eli, her son.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • However in the wide world do you suppose that happened, Eli?

British Dictionary definitions for Eli


(Old Testament) the highest priest at Shiloh and teacher of Samuel (I Samuel 1–3)
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Word Origin and History for Eli

masc. proper name, in Old Testament, the name of a high priest of Israel, teacher of Samuel, from Hebrew, literally "high."

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