[Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi]
Also A·do·noy [ah-doh-noi] /ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ/.

Origin of Adonai

literally, my Lord; spoken in place of the ineffable name Yahweh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for adonai


  1. 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


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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