abigail

[ ab-i-geyl ]
/ ˈæb ɪˌgeɪl /

noun

a lady's maid.

Nearby words

  1. abidjan,
  2. abie,
  3. abient,
  4. abietate,
  5. abietic acid,
  6. abihu,
  7. abilene,
  8. ability,
  9. ability grouping,
  10. abimelech

Origin of abigail

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

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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