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Eli

[ee-lahy]
noun
  1. a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1–4.
  2. Also El·ie [el-ee] /ˈɛl i/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “height.”
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  • Eli's been drunk some, bur his girls are really a good deal of help.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • She stood there a second, looking at him, and he remarked to Eli, "I guess you might drive on."

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • She was not in the least concerned about Eli's change of mood.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Eli took it obediently, but he did not speak; he only looked at the sea.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • But Eli ate sparingly, and with a preoccupied and solemn look.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for eli

Eli

noun
  1. 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

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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