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  1. Sir Isaac Alfred,1855–1948, Australian jurist: governor general of Australia 1931–36.
  2. Jor·ge [hawr-hey] /ˈhɔr heɪ/.1837–95, Colombian novelist.


[ahy-zuh k]
  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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  • Isaacs Marriage is one of the best of the pieces, but is too long for insertion.

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  • But in Mr. Isaacs's well-poised mind no morbid fancies arose.

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  • Mrs. Isaacs raised her eyebrows: she wore nothing but diamonds.

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  • Mr. Isaacs waved his hand and smiled as the men went out of the door.

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British Dictionary definitions for isaacs


  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


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

isaacs in Culture


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


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