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


[jon-uh-thuh n] /ˈdʒɒn ə θən/
a son of Saul and friend of David. I Sam. 18–20.
Archaic. an American, especially a New Englander.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God gave.”. Unabridged
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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


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


(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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Jonathan in the Bible

whom Jehovah gave, the name of fifteen or more persons that are mentioned in Scripture. The chief of these are, (1.) A Levite descended from Gershom (Judg. 18:30). His history is recorded in 17:7-13 and 18:30. The Rabbins changed this name into Manasseh "to screen the memory of the great lawgiver from the stain of having so unworthy an apostate among his near descendants." He became priest of the idol image at Dan, and this office continued in his family till the Captivity. (2.) The eldest son of king Saul, and the bosom friend of David. He is first mentioned when he was about thirty years of age, some time after his father's accession to the throne (1 Sam. 13:2). Like his father, he was a man of great strength and activity (2 Sam. 1:23), and excelled in archery and slinging (1 Chr. 12:2;2 Sam. 1:22). The affection that evidently subsisted between him and his father was interrupted by the growth of Saul's insanity. At length, "in fierce anger," he left his father's presence and cast in his lot with the cause of David (1 Sam. 20:34). After an eventful career, interwoven to a great extent with that of David, he fell, along with his father and his two brothers, on the fatal field of Gilboa (1 Sam. 31:2, 8). He was first buried at Jabesh-gilead, but his remains were afterwards removed with those of his father to Zelah, in Benjamin (2 Sam. 21:12-14). His death was the occasion of David's famous elegy of "the Song of the Bow" (2 Sam. 1:17-27). He left one son five years old, Merib-baal, or Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 4:4; comp. 1 Chr. 8:34). (3.) Son of the high priest Abiathar, and one who adhered to David at the time of Absalom's rebellion (2 Sam. 15:27, 36). He is the last descendant of Eli of whom there is any record. (4.) Son of Shammah, and David's nephew, and also one of his chief warriors (2 Sam. 21:21). He slew a giant in Gath.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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