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Isaacs

[ahy-zuh ks for 1; ee-sahks for 2] /ˈaɪ zəks for 1; iˈsɑks for 2/
noun
1.
Sir Isaac Alfred, 1855–1948, Australian jurist: governor general of Australia 1931–36.
2.
Jorge
[hawr-hey] /ˈhɔr heɪ/ (Show IPA),
1837–95, Colombian novelist.

Isaac

[ahy-zuh k] /ˈaɪ zək/
noun
1.
a son of Abraham and Sarah, and father of Jacob. Gen. 21:1–4.
2.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “laughter.”.
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British Dictionary definitions for Isaacs

Isaac

/ˈaɪzək/
noun
1.
an Old Testament patriarch, the son of Abraham and Sarah and father of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 17; 21–27)
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Word Origin and History for Isaacs

Isaac

masc. proper name, name of a biblical patriarch, from Late Latin, from Greek Isaak, from Hebrew Yitzhaq, literally "he laughs," imperf. of tzahaq "he laughed."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Isaacs in Culture

Isaac definition


The son of Abraham and the father of Jacob and Esau.

Note: Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac at God's request. (See Abraham and Isaac.)
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