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Hillel

[hil-el, -eyl, -uh l, hi-leyl; Sephardic Hebrew hee-lel]
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noun
  1. ha-Zaken, c60 b.c.–a.d. 9?, Palestinian rabbi, president of the Sanhedrin and interpreter of Biblical law: first to formulate definitive hermeneutic principles.
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  • Hillel hurried Eva away, accompanied by his sister and Madame Nassim.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • These are the children of a sister of Hillel Besso, brought to Damascus for change of air.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • At this moment Hillel and Fakredeen advanced with a hurried air of gaiety.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Here again Hillel's Neo-Platonic tendencies are in evidence.

  • The Arabic version says hillel—that is, full, or substantial, garments.

    The Syrian Christ

    Abraham Mitrie Rihbany


British Dictionary definitions for hillel

Hillel

noun
  1. ?60 bc –?9 ad, rabbi, born in Babylonia; president of the Sanhedrin. He was the first to formulate principles of biblical interpretation
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Word Origin and History for hillel

Hillel

masc. proper name, from Hebrew, literally "he praised."

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