- Samson's mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16.
- a seductive and treacherous woman.
- a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “delicate.”
Examples from the Web for delilah
The singer Tom Jones growled hits like “Delilah” with shirts sweatily slashed to the navel.Jude Law and the Great Male ‘He-Vage’ Crisis
May 20, 2014
Sir Tom is expected to sing Delilah and Mama Told Me Not To Come and Robbie Williams will perform Mack The Knife.Jubilee Celebrations Continue in London
June 4, 2012
“It really is the same thing,” said Delilah Rumburg, who heads the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.Joe Paterno’s Troubling Attitude Toward Sex Charges
November 12, 2011
In the Bible story of Samson and Delilah, Samson wooed and won his lady with sweet-smelling almond branches.Five Aphrodisiac Foods
February 9, 2010
And into the arms and to the tender mercies of this Delilah I had given myself.The First Violin
To think that I was no better than a Delilah when I met you first!The Eternal City
For even Delilah was a Philistine, and by her perfidy served her country.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
In old days she would have been a Cleopatra, a Theodora, a Delilah.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Jerome K. Jerome
She was bought by Grell to play the part of Delilah to the blackmailer.The Grell Mystery
- Samson's Philistine mistress, who deprived him of his strength by cutting off his hair (Judges 16:4–22)
- a voluptuous and treacherous woman; temptress
Word Origin and History for delilah
"temptress, treacherous lover," 1590s, from the name of the woman who seduced and betrayed Samson in Judges, from Hebrew Delilah, literally "delicate, languishing, amorous," from Semitic root d-l-l "to hang down, to languish."