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[ney-thuh n]
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  1. a prophet during the reigns of David and Solomon. II Sam. 12; I Kings 1:34.
  2. George Jean,1882–1958, U.S. drama critic, author, and editor.
  3. Robert,1894–1985, U.S. novelist and poet.
  4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “gift.”
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  • The name of angel is given to the prophet Nathan, who reproved David for his sin.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • The thought of Nathan the Wise was indeed as a fiery scourge.

  • No one had ever told him that "Nathan der Weise" was thus afflicted.

  • It was Nathan Graves, with whom Frank was destined to have some unpleasant experiences.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • He looked toward it, but the face that he saw was not that of Nathan Graves.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for nathan


  1. Old Testament a prophet at David's court (II Samuel 7:1–17; 12:1–15)
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Word Origin and History for nathan


masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Nathan, literally "he has given," from verb nathan, related to mattan "gift."

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