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abigail

[ ab-i-geyl ]
/ ˈæb ɪˌgeɪl /
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noun

a lady's maid.

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RELATED WORDS

soubrette, maid-in-waiting, companion, confidante, domestic, lady-in-waiting

Nearby words

abidjan, abie, abient, abietate, abietic acid, abigail, abihu, abilene, ability, ability grouping, abimelech

Origin of abigail

1645–55; after Abigail, name of attendant in play The Scornful Lady (1610), by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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Abigail

[ ab-i-geyl ]
/ ˈæb ɪˌgeɪl /

noun

the wife of Nabal and later of David. I Sam. 25.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “joy of the father.”
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British Dictionary definitions for abigail

Abigail

/ (ˈæbɪˌɡeɪl) /

noun

Old Testament the woman who brought provisions to David and his followers and subsequently became his wife (I Samuel 25:1–42)
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Word Origin and History for abigail

Abigail


fem. proper name, in Old Testament, Abigail the Carmelitess, a wife of David, from Hebrew Abhigayil, literally "my father is rejoicing," from abh "father" + gil "to rejoice." Used in general sense of "lady's maid" (1660s) from character of that name in Beaumont & Fletcher's "The Scornful Lady." The waiting maid association perhaps begins with I Sam. xxv, where David's wife often calls herself a "handmaid." Her male counterpart was Andrew.

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