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[jon-uh-thuh n]
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  1. a variety of red apple that matures in early autumn.

Origin of Jonathan1

First recorded in 1875–80; named after Jonathan Hasbrouck (died 1846), American jurist


[jon-uh-thuh n]
  1. a son of Saul and friend of David. I Sam. 18–20.
  2. Archaic. an American, especially a New Englander.Compare Brother Jonathan.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God gave.”
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  • It was almost as though I were talking to Jonathan—my dear Jonathan—and he behind bars!

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • We had a theory that Jonathan and David would go into business together.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "I dunno what Jonathan'll do without that clock," moaned the old lady.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Now, the Carolinians treated John just as they treated Jonathan, and there was no more to be said.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She turned towards the lane, where Jonathan was dismounting.

British Dictionary definitions for jonathan


  1. a variety of red apple that ripens in early autumn

Word Origin

C19: named after Jonathan Hasbrouk (died 1846), American jurist


  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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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