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[rey-chuh l] /ˈreɪ tʃəl/
Jacob's favorite wife, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Gen. 29–35.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “lamb.”. Unabridged
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  • Madame Rachel, as she called herself, had no pretensions to good looks.

    Remarkable Rogues Charles Kingston
  • "Lady Rachel committed suicide," said Jessop, raising a haggard face.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Rachel followed her, and they walked in silence down the avenue.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • "I hardly think that can be said of Rachel," said Lady Gore.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • Rachel advanced a step nearer, and looked at me very strangely.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for Rachel


(Old Testament) (ˈreɪtʃəl). the second and best-loved wife of Jacob; mother of Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 29–35)
(French) (raʃɛl). original name Elisa Félix. 1820–58, French tragic actress, famous for her roles in the plays of Racine and Corneille
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Word Origin and History for Rachel

fem. proper name, biblical daughter of Laban and wife of Jacob, from Late Latin, from Greek Rhakhel, from Hebrew Rahel, literally "ewe" (cf. Arabic rahil, Aramaic rahla, Akkadian lahru, a metathesized form).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Rachel in Culture

Rachel definition

The second wife of Jacob (see Jacob and Esau). She was sterile for many years, but eventually had two sons: Joseph (see Joseph and his brothers) and Benjamin.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Rachel in the Bible

ewe, "the daughter", "the somewhat petulant, peevish, and self-willed though beautiful younger daughter" of Laban, and one of Jacob's wives (Gen. 29:6, 28). He served Laban fourteen years for her, so deep was Jacob's affection for her. She was the mother of Joseph (Gen. 30:22-24). Afterwards, on Jacob's departure from Mesopotamia, she took with her her father's teraphim (31:34, 35). As they journeyed on from Bethel, Rachel died in giving birth to Benjamin (35:18, 19), and was buried "in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave". Her sepulchre is still regarded with great veneration by the Jews. Its traditional site is about half a mile from Jerusalem. This name is used poetically by Jeremiah (31:15-17) to denote God's people mourning under their calamities. This passage is also quoted by Matthew as fulfilled in the lamentation at Bethlehem on account of the slaughter of the infants there at the command of Herod (Matt. 2:17, 18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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