• synonyms


[gey-bree-uh l]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
  1. one of the archangels, appearing usually as a divine messenger. Dan. 8:16, 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26.
  2. Islam. the angel of revelation and the intermediary between God and Muhammad.
  3. a male given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gabriel

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • According to her, it asked no odds from the wild huntsman, or the Gabriel hounds.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • They were first published with the Maxims in an edition by Gabriel Brotier.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • Gabriel said no more, but gave the knight a parting look, and left him.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Gabriel folded his arms, which were now at liberty, and eyed his old 'prentice in silence.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Gabriel lifted Toby to his mouth, and took a hearty draught.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for gabriel


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


  1. Jacques-Ange (ʒakɑ̃ʒ). 1698–1782, French architect: designed the Petit Trianon at Versailles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gabriel in Culture


An angel in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim systems of belief. He is usually represented in the Bible (see also 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.