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Jonathan1

[jon-uh-thuh n] /ˈdʒɒn ə θən/
noun
1.
a variety of red apple that matures in early autumn.
Origin of Jonathan1
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; named after Jonathan Hasbrouck (died 1846), American jurist

Jonathan2

[jon-uh-thuh n] /ˈdʒɒn ə θən/
noun
1.
a son of Saul and friend of David. I Sam. 18–20.
2.
Archaic. an American, especially a New Englander.
3.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God gave.”.
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  • "In case Jonathan comes to Kentucky he may be willing to buy the place," said William.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • You see, friend Jonathan, I am perfectly frank with you, as I promised to be.

  • In her bewilderment and distress over Desire the thought of her husband and Jonathan had been driven from her mind.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • It wasn't the Socialists who urged you to go out on strike, Jonathan.

  • At dusk the swallows still eddy and circle about the chimney, but Jonathan has lost the opportunity for training them.

    The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
British Dictionary definitions for Jonathan

Jonathan1

/ˈdʒɒnəθən/
noun
1.
a variety of red apple that ripens in early autumn
Word Origin
C19: named after Jonathan Hasbrouk (died 1846), American jurist

Jonathan2

noun
1.
(Old Testament) the son of Saul and David's close friend, who was killed in battle (I Samuel 31; II Samuel 1:19–26)
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Word Origin and History for Jonathan

masc. proper name, biblical son of Saul, from Hebrew Yonathan, short for Yehonathan, literally "the Lord has given" (cf. Nathan). As a pre-Uncle Sam emblem of the United States, sometimes personified as Brother Jonathan, it dates from 1816, said to have been applied by Washington to Gov. Jonathan Trumbull Sr. of Connecticut (1710-1785), to whom he sometimes turned for advice (cf. 2 Sam. i:26); hence "a New Englander," and eventually "an American." As a variety of red apple it dates from 1831, so called because it was introduced in the U.S.

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