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[jee-zoo, -soo, jey-, yey-] /ˈdʒi zu, -su, ˈdʒeɪ-, ˈyeɪ-/
noun, Literary.
Origin of Jesu
1150-1200; Middle English < Late Latin Iēsu, oblique (orig. vocative) form of Iēsus < Greek Iēsoû; see Jesus Unabridged
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  • Bennen at length tossed his arms in the air, exclaiming, Jesu Maria!

  • Komm, Jesu, komm; the last four for a double chorus of eight voices.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
  • O Jesu Christ, wash for us, not our feet only, but our hands and our head!

    The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm
  • Jesu, Maria, my father; I can see how marble white you are through your make-up!

    Such is Life Frank Wedekind
  • And in other many places saith their Alkaron, that Jesu Christ spake as soon as he was born.

  • And they say, that of these four, Jesu was the most worthy and the most excellent and the most great.

  • Their "Systema bibliothec collegii Parisiensis societatis Jesu," 1678, 4to.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Jesu, said the king, I marvel what knight he is, and of what lineage he is come.

  • A diagram shows the keys and principal ornaments, and one of the pieces is figured and called Applicatio, in nomine Jesu.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • He only wanders about with the words of his dying victim, 'Ah, Jesu Maria!

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
British Dictionary definitions for Jesu


a poetic name for or vocative form of Jesus
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, vocative of Jesus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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