[ ey-hab ]

  1. Bible. a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. 1 Kings 16–22.: Also Douay Bible, A·chab [ey-kab] /ˈeɪ kæb/ .

  2. Literature. the captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville's Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale.

Origin of Ahab

From Hebrew Aḥʾābh, probably “father's brother”

Words Nearby Ahab

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How to use Ahab in a sentence

  • He would, like Ahab, walk softly; he was not ready to walk uprightly: his forgiveness he would postpone!

    Weighed and Wanting | George MacDonald
  • This is the ancient Shomron, where you may still trace the site of the palace of Ahab, king of Israel.

  • Next Sunday he preached about his eternal Ahab, and Kirkcaldy was offended by the historical parallel.

British Dictionary definitions for Ahab


/ (ˈeɪhæb) /

  1. Old Testament the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)

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