- a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1–4.
- Also El·ie [el-ee] /ˈɛl i/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “height.”
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Examples from the Web for eli
Eli says something very interesting during his conversation with Alicia: “They [voters] want people who are open-minded.”
His campaign manager, Eli Gold, sees this as an opportunity.
He studied at the Bnei David yeshiva, built as part of the Eli settlement deep inside the occupied West Bank.The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides
October 28, 2014
These “Book of Eli” deserts are where the imagined, however bizarre or hideous, can turn undeniably real.ISIS and BS
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Has it not been vividly described in all its horror by Eli Wiesel and others?How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
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Eli's been drunk some, bur his girls are really a good deal of help.In the Valley
She stood there a second, looking at him, and he remarked to Eli, "I guess you might drive on."Tiverton Tales
She was not in the least concerned about Eli's change of mood.
But Eli ate sparingly, and with a preoccupied and solemn look.
Eli took it obediently, but he did not speak; he only looked at the sea.
- Old Testament the highest priest at Shiloh and teacher of Samuel (I Samuel 1–3)
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Word Origin and History for eli
masc. proper name, in Old Testament, the name of a high priest of Israel, teacher of Samuel, from Hebrew, literally "high."
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