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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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  • 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

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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