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Esther

[es-ter] /ˈɛs tər/
noun
1.
the wife of Ahasuerus.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing her name.
Abbreviation: Esth.
3.
a number of prayers, visions, interpretations of dreams, etc., that are included in the Douay Bible as chapters 10–16.
4.
a female given name.
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Esther

/ˈɛstə/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
a beautiful Jewish woman who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
2.
the book in which this episode is recounted
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Word Origin and History for Esther

fem. proper name, Old Testament wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, from Greek Esther, from Hebrew Ester, from Persian sitareh "star," related to Avestan star- (see star (n.)).

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A book of the Old Testament that tells the story of a beautiful Jewish woman named Esther who is chosen by the king of Persia (now Iran; see Persian Empire) to be his queen. Esther, with the aid of her cousin Mordecai, stops a plot to massacre the Jews in Persia, and Mordecai becomes the king's chief minister.

Note: This event is celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim.
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