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Eli

[ee-lahy] /ˈi laɪ/
noun
1.
a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1–4.
2.
Also, Elie
[el-ee] /ˈɛl i/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “height.”.
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  • Eli's been drunk some, bur his girls are really a good deal of help.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She stood there a second, looking at him, and he remarked to Eli, "I guess you might drive on."

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She was not in the least concerned about Eli's change of mood.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But Eli ate sparingly, and with a preoccupied and solemn look.

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  • Eli took it obediently, but he did not speak; he only looked at the sea.

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British Dictionary definitions for Eli

Eli

/ˈiːlaɪ/
noun
1.
(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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