- a lady's maid.
Origin of abigail
- the wife of Nabal and later of David. I Sam. 25.
- a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “joy of the father.”
Examples from the Web for abigail
What we can reasonably require an Abigail Fisher to understand is that the rules are bent based on socioeconomics.
In our moment, then, an Abigail Fisher must be viewed differently than she once would have been.
At the center of the case is Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.Supreme Court Rulings This June: Everything You Need to Know
June 9, 2013
Abigail Haglage rounds up what we know so far about the honorable Charles Ramsey.Video Star of the Day: Charles Ramsey, Cleveland’s Hero
May 7, 2013
So too does Abigail Pogrebin, an author and former 60 Minutes producer.America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2013
March 21, 2013
The finer feminine instinct of Abigail led her to interpose.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Meanwhile, Miss Abigail had descended the stairs to the sitting room.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Similarly, she indulged a mettlesome fancy for referring to her hostess as "dear Abigail."Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
Abigail, to save her husband and his property, hastens to the foot of the hill.
The stories of Deborah and Abigail are very apt to discourage a woman's soul.
- Old Testament the woman who brought provisions to David and his followers and subsequently became his wife (I Samuel 25:1–42)
Word Origin and History for 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.