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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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  • 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.

    Reflections 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


(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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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