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[gey-bree-uh l] /ˈgeɪ bri əl/
one of the archangels, appearing usually as a divine messenger. Dan. 8:16, 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26.
Islam. the angel of revelation and the intermediary between God and Muhammad.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • If Gabriel was tootin', should you turn fust to Elvin Drew, an' go up or down with him, wherever he was 'lected?

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Look at the title-page; you will find Gabriel Harvey's name on it.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • On hearing these and other similar remarks, a wild thought flashed into Gabriel's mind that they might be speaking of Bathsheba.

  • And as Brother Stephen worked, there was much for Gabriel to do also.

  • Gabriel, like his dog, was too good to be trustworthy, and he never made advance beyond this point.

British Dictionary definitions for Gabriel


(Bible) one of the archangels, the messenger of good news (Daniel 8:16–26; Luke 1:11–20, 26–38)


/French ɡabriɛl/
Jacques-Ange (ʒakɑ̃ʒ). 1698–1782, French architect: designed the Petit Trianon at Versailles
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Word Origin and History for Gabriel

masc. proper name, also name of an Old Testament angel, from Hebrew Gabhri el, literally "man of God," from gebher "man" + El "God." First element is from base of verb gabhar "was strong" (cf. Arabic jabr "strong, young man;" jabbar "tyrant").

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Gabriel in Culture

Gabriel definition

An angel in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim systems of belief. He is usually represented in the Bible as a messenger from God, bearing God's word to the Israelites and appearing to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the Annunciation. Gabriel also revealed the sacred laws of the Koran to Muhammad.

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