Esther

[es-ter]
noun
  1. the wife of Ahasuerus.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing her name. Abbreviation: Esth.
  3. a number of prayers, visions, interpretations of dreams, etc., that are included in the Douay Bible as chapters 10–16.
  4. a female given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for esther

Contemporary Examples of esther

Historical Examples of esther


British Dictionary definitions for esther

Esther

noun Old Testament
  1. a beautiful Jewish woman who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
  2. the book in which this episode is recounted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for esther

Esther

fem. proper name, Old Testament wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, from Greek Esther, from Hebrew Ester, from Persian sitareh "star," related to Avestan star- (see star (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

esther in Culture

Esther

A book of the Old Testament that tells the story of a beautiful Jewish woman named Esther who is chosen by the king of Persia (now Iran; see Persian Empire) to be his queen. Esther, with the aid of her cousin Mordecai, stops a plot to massacre the Jews (see also Jews) in Persia, and Mordecai becomes the king's chief minister.

Note

This event is celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.