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an early Christian disciple and companion of Paul, a physician and probably a gentile: traditionally believed to be the author of the third Gospel and the Acts.
the third Gospel.
a male given name: from the Greek word meaning “man of Lucania.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Mrs. Harrington seemed to take to Luke,” said Agatha, behind her hair.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • And now, my small maid, will you go and ask Luke to harness Mopsie for you?

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • For the trial of Luke the Hermit, that famous trial which to this day they are still talking of in Puddleby, was over.

  • We usually have Luke put a supply of clean ones on the raft, all ready for us.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Suddenly Luke lifted the lid of the small box affixed to the rail in front of him and sought his glasses.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for Luke


noun (New Testament)
Saint Luke, a fellow worker of Paul and a physician (Colossians 4:14). Feast day: Oct 18
the third Gospel, traditionally ascribed to Luke
adjective Lucan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Luke



obsolete except in lukewarm (late 14c.), from Middle English leuk "tepid" (c.1200), of unknown origin; perhaps from Middle Dutch or Old Frisian leuk "tepid, weak," or from Old English hleowe (adv.) "warm," all from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (see lee).

masc. proper name, from Latin Lucas (Greek Loukas), contraction of Lucanus literally "of Lucania," district in Lower Italy, home of the Lucani, a branch of the Sabelline race.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Luke in the Bible

the evangelist, was a Gentile. The date and circumstances of his conversion are unknown. According to his own statement (Luke 1:2), he was not an "eye-witness and minister of the word from the beginning." It is probable that he was a physician in Troas, and was there converted by Paul, to whom he attached himself. He accompanied him to Philippi, but did not there share his imprisonment, nor did he accompany him further after his release in his missionary journey at this time (Acts 17:1). On Paul's third visit to Philippi (20:5, 6) we again meet with Luke, who probably had spent all the intervening time in that city, a period of seven or eight years. From this time Luke was Paul's constant companion during his journey to Jerusalem (20:6-21:18). He again disappears from view during Paul's imprisonment at Jerusalem and Caesarea, and only reappears when Paul sets out for Rome (27:1), whither he accompanies him (28:2, 12-16), and where he remains with him till the close of his first imprisonment (Philemon 1:24; Col. 4:14). The last notice of the "beloved physician" is in 2 Tim. 4:11. There are many passages in Paul's epistles, as well as in the writings of Luke, which show the extent and accuracy of his medical knowledge.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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