- a Minor Prophet of the postexilic period.
- a book of the Bible bearing his name.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “the Lord is God.”
Examples from the Web for joel
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Joel Osteen wants to talk about muting your cell phone at the dinner table.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Joel Klein hates monopolies, but he really loves the private sector.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Music journalist Joel Selwin annotates, with a preface by Donovan, a foreword by Jorma Kaukonen, and an afterword by John Poppy.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
In 1998, Joel Thomas Zimmerman was 16 years old, noodling around with vintage DOS music software like Impulse Tracker.Mickey Mouse Takes Deadmau5 to Court
September 3, 2014
He spoke tenderly, but inflexibly, and Joel felt that his fate was pronounced.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Joel Barlow, the poet, was sent to Paris to negotiate the sale of the lands.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Then he emerged from the house and he and Joel walked rapidly off together.
If I didn't take it you and Joel might have had a poor relation to board and lodge.
And Joel and George Kent they think he's the greatest man they ever saw.
- a Hebrew prophet
- the book containing his oracles
Word Origin and History for joel
masc. proper name, from Hebrew Yoh'el, name of a minor Old Testament prophet, literally "the Lord is God;" the same name as Elijah (q.v.) but with the elements reversed. But the personal name that became common in Devon and Cornwall and the Breton districts of Yorkshire and the Eastern Counties immediately after the Conquest is from Old Breton Iudhael, from Iud- "chief, lord" + hael "generous." It is the source of the modern British surname Joel, as well as Jewell, Joule, and Jolson.