[dan-yuh l]
  1. Bible.
    1. a prophet living in Babylon during the Captivity.
    2. the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Dan.
  2. Samuel,1562–1619, English poet and historian: poet laureate 1599–1619.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “the Lord is my judge.”
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Historical Examples of daniel

  • Here he had prestige because he was the son of Daniel Bines, organiser and man of affairs.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Think of a son of Daniel J. Bines treatin' folks like that as if they was his equals.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Daniel Claus had set up a pack of hounds, equal in breed to Sir William's.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • "It don't need a Daniel to interpret them," answered Hannah.

  • Dick recognized in dim wonder the voice of Sergeant Daniel Whitley.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for daniel


  1. Old Testament
    1. a youth who was taken into the household of Nebuchadnezzar, received guidance and apocalyptic visions from God, and was given divine protection when thrown into the lions' den
    2. the book that recounts these experiences and visions (in full The Book of the Prophet Daniel)
  2. (often preceded by a) a wise upright person

Word Origin for Daniel

sense 2: referring to Daniel in the Apocryphal Book of Susanna


  1. Paul (Wilson). born 1958, English conductor; musical director of the English National Opera (1997–2005)
  2. Samuel. ?1562–1619, English poet and writer: author of the sonnet sequence Delia (1592)
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Word Origin and History for daniel


proper name, Hebrew, literally "God is my judge;" related to Dan, literally "he who judges," the tribe descended from Jacob's son of that name in Old Testament. Consistently in the top 15 names for boys born in the U.S. from 1972 through 2008.

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