[ey-buh l; for 4 also Norwegian ah-buh l]
  1. the second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his brother, Cain. Gen. 4.
  2. Sir Frederick Augustus,1827–1902, English chemist: inventor of cordite.
  3. I. W.,1908–87, U.S. labor leader: president of the United Steelworkers of America 1965–77.
  4. Niels Hen·rik [neels hen-rik] /nils ˈhɛn rɪk/, 1802–29, Norwegian mathematician.
  5. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of abel

  • It was, all felt, a good thing to have a Mr. Abel in Georgetown.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • O Abel, was that the something you told me about on the mountain?

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • A dream of a dress that would be, with all the shades of Madame Abel cunningly blended.

  • On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by sovran God for slaughtered Abel.



  • Abel Calvin was in to see if you wanted to buy some beach plums for puttin' up.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for abel


  1. Old Testament the second son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1–8)
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Word Origin and History for abel


masc. proper name, in Old Testament, second son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Hebhel, literally "breath," also "vanity."

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