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[ez-ruh] /ˈɛz rə/
a Jewish scribe and prophet of the 5th century b.c., who with Nehemiah led the revival of Judaism in Palestine.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Ezr.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “help.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So Ezra sed: "Wall, here's your money; now what do you want in trade?"

  • "Ezra needs bracing'," she heard her mother say, in many a sick-room gossip.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "Well, I hadn't any expectation o' your bein' here," said Ezra.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • We hear it in the prayer of men like Ezra and Nehemiah and Daniel.

  • The two days and nights following Ezra's departure had been strenuous and provoking.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for Ezra


noun (Old Testament)
a Jewish priest of the 5th century bc, who was sent from Babylon by the Persian king Artaxerxes I to reconstitute observance of the Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the captivity
the book recounting his efforts to perform this task
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ezra

masc. proper name, in Old Testament name of a celebrated 5c. B.C.E. scribe, from Late Latin, from Hebrew Ezra, contraction of Azaryah(u), literally "God has helped," from ezer "help" + Yah, a shortened form of Yahweh "God."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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