[ e-loh-him; Sephardic Hebrew e-law-heem; Ashkenazic Hebrew e-loh-him; in nonliturgical use by Orthodox Jews e-law-keem, e-loh-kim ]
/ ɛˈloʊ hɪm; Sephardic Hebrew ɛ lɔˈhim; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌɛ loʊˈhɪm; in nonliturgical use by Orthodox Jews ɛ lɔˈkim, ˌɛ loʊˈkɪm /


God, especially as used in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.

Origin of Elohim

< Hebrew ĕlōhīm, plural of ĕlōah God
Related formsEl·o·him·ic [el-oh-him-ik] /ˌɛl oʊˈhɪm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for elohim


/ (ɛˈləʊhɪm, ˌɛləʊˈhiːm) /


Old Testament a Hebrew word for God or gods

Word Origin for Elohim

C17: from Hebrew 'Elōhim, plural (used to indicate uniqueness) of 'Elōah God; probably related to 'El God
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Word Origin and History for elohim


a name of God in the Bible, c.1600, from Hebrew, plural (of majesty?) of Eloh "God," a word of unknown etymology, perhaps an augmentation of El "God," also of unknown origin. Generally taken as singular, the use of this word instead of Yahveh is taken by biblical scholars as an important clue to authorship in the Old Testament, hence Elohist.

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