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[joh-nuh] /ˈdʒoʊ nə/
a Minor Prophet who, for his impiety, was thrown overboard from his ship and swallowed by a large fish, remaining in its belly for three days before being cast up onto the shore unharmed.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
Also, Jonas
[joh-nuh s] /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”.
Related forms
Jonahesque, adjective Unabridged
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  • Yes; but then, jonas, farmers are very busy, and yet they make their boys work.

  • And, besides, jonas knew perfectly well that he had no need of a sword.

    Wizard Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • The education of Mr jonas had been conducted from his cradle on the strictest principles of the main chance.

  • It smelled, but jonas went up to the door bravely and knocked.

    Wizard Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • Franco always got out when jonas did, at the bottom of the hills, and then got in again at the top.

British Dictionary definitions for jonas


(Old Testament)
  1. a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land
  2. the book in which his adventures are recounted
a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx
Derived Forms
Jonahesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for jonas


masc. proper name, from Late Latin Jonas, from Greek Ionas, from Hebrew yonah "dove, pigeon" (cf. Jonah).


masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Yonah, literally "dove, pigeon."

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jonas in the Bible

(1.) Greek form of Jonah (Matt. 12:39, 40, 41, etc.). (2.) The father of the apostles Peter (John 21:15-17) and Andrew; but the reading should be (also in 1:42), as in the Revised Version, "John," instead of Jonas.

a dove, the son of Amittai of Gath-hepher. He was a prophet of Israel, and predicted the restoration of the ancient boundaries (2 Kings 14:25-27) of the kingdom. He exercised his ministry very early in the reign of Jeroboam II., and thus was contemporary with Hosea and Amos; or possibly he preceded them, and consequently may have been the very oldest of all the prophets whose writings we possess. His personal history is mainly to be gathered from the book which bears his name. It is chiefly interesting from the two-fold character in which he appears, (1) as a missionary to heathen Nineveh, and (2) as a type of the "Son of man."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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