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[sol-uh-muh n] /ˈsɒl ə mən/
fl. 10th century b.c., king of Israel (son of David).
an extraordinarily wise man; a sage.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Solomon, the Wise, decided to provide them with a magnificent home.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • "You mean old King Solomon was," he retrieved himself quickly.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Once, when she was gone, Martin idly hunted out the Song of Solomon.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Well, I'd let him set down a spell in Solomon's temple an' look round him.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • No matter where I start, some way or another I al'ays git back to Solomon.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Solomon


10th century bc, king of Israel, son of David and Bathsheba, credited with great wisdom
Derived Forms
Solomonic (ˌsɒləˈmɒnɪk), Solomonian (ˌsɒləˈməʊnɪən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Solomon

masc. proper name, Biblical name of David's son, king of Judah and Israel and wisest of all men, from Greek Solomon, from Hebrew Sh'lomoh, from shelomo "peaceful," from shalom "peace." The Arabic form is Suleiman. The common medieval form was Salomon (Vulgate, Tyndale, Douai); Solomon was used in Geneva Bible and KJV. Used allusively for "a wise ruler" since 1550s. Related: Solomonic; Solomonian. The Solomon Islands were so named 1568 by Spanish explorers in hopeful expectation of having found the source of the gold brought to King Solomon in I Kings ix:29.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Solomon in Culture

Solomon definition

In the Old Testament, a Hebrew king, son and successor of David. The “wisdom of Solomon” is proverbial. Solomon is also known for his many wives, for his splendor and wealth, and for building the Temple at Jerusalem.

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