- the son of Abraham and Hagar: both he and Hagar were cast out of Abraham's family by Sarah. Gen. 16:11, 12.
- any outcast.
- an Arab.
Origin of Ishmael
Examples from the Web for ishmael
It is clear that while Ishmael and Isaac end up very different people, they bear one another no ill will.
In this way, our fathers, Isaac and Ishmael, will both see their children thrive together.
Finally, when Abraham dies, Isaac and Ishmael return to bury him.
Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and author of A Long Way Gone, joined us to discuss KONY 2012 and his own experiences.Live Chat About Kony with Ishmael Beah
The Daily Beast
April 17, 2012
Just over a week later, on July 9, a man named Ishmael “Hoody” Kourma received six fatal gunshot wounds in Steubenville, Ohio.8 Explosive Finds in Wu-Tang Clan Member Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s FBI Files
January 13, 2012
After all, if the truth were known, they are sons of Ishmael.'Tancred
He would depopulate my empire, that it might not be said that Ishmael shared the heritage of Israel.Alroy
Davies, my friend, there is a man who is a veritable Ishmael.Under Fire
Could the stranger be that wandering Ishmael of the sea—Peese?The Ebbing Of The Tide
As a people, they are chiefly the descendants of Esau and Ishmael.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882
- the son of Abraham and Hagar, Sarah's handmaid: the ancestor of 12 Arabian tribes (Genesis 21:8–21; 25:12–18)
- a bandit chieftain, who defied the Babylonian conquerors of Judah and assassinated the governor appointed by Nebuchadnezzar (II Kings 25:25; Jeremiah 40:13–41:18)
- rare an outcast
Word Origin and History for ishmael
masc. proper name, biblical son of Abraham and Hagar, from Hebrew Yishma'el, literally "God hears," from yishma, imperf. of shama "he heard." The Arabs claim descent from him. Figurative sense of "an outcast," "whose hand is against every man, and every man's hand against him" is from Gen. xvi:12.