- the third and favorite son of David, who rebelled against his father and was slain by Joab. II Sam. 13–18.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “father of peace.”
Examples from the Web for absalom
It was only the old man calling his son: David calling upon Absalom.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For there the army of Absalom went out to meet the army of his father David.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
Probably, on his escaping from Absalom, he crossed as we did.Byeways in Palestine
Remember that Absalom's hair was not more splendid than his habits were despicable.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
After that, Absalom, one other of his sons, killed his own brother.Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
- Old Testament the third son of David, who rebelled against his father and was eventually killed by Joab (II Samuel 15–18)
Word Origin and History for absalom
masc. proper name, King David's son in the Old Testament, often used figuratively for "favorite son," from Hebrew Abhshalom, literally "father is peace," from abh "father" + shalom "peace."