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[jes-ee] /ˈdʒɛs i/
the father of David. I Sam. 16.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God exists.”. Unabridged
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  • Tell me, Jesse, tell your friend, who came into the world to save sinners?

  • "The old man seems to be comin' to life, Mister," said Jesse.

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  • In a moment they were crashing through the undergrowth, Jesse and Andy in the lead.

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  • Peter went off to the man in the hedge behind the kitchen—Jesse Brown.

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  • Jesse Brown, his foreman, seemed to be loyal, but he was easy-going and weak.

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British Dictionary definitions for Jesse


(Old Testament) the father of David (I Samuel 16)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Jesse

masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.

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