Adonai

[ Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ dɔˈnaɪ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ /

noun

Hebrew. a title of reverence for God, serving also as a substitute pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.

Also A·do·noy [ah-doh-noi] /ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ/.

Origin of Adonai

literally, my Lord; spoken in place of the ineffable name Yahweh

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British Dictionary definitions for adonai

Adonai

/ (ˌædɒˈnaɪ, -ˈneɪaɪ) /

noun

Judaism a name for God

Word Origin for Adonai

C15: from Hebrew: lord; compare Adonis

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Word Origin and History for adonai

Adonai

Old Testament word for "God," late 14c., from Medieval Latin, from Hebrew, literally "my lord," from adon (see Adonis) + suffix of 1st person.

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