- a Jewish scribe and prophet of the 5th century b.c., who with Nehemiah led the revival of Judaism in Palestine.
- a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Ezr.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “help.”
Examples from the Web for ezra
As uncovered by the climate blog desmogblog, the Ethical Oil meme dates to a 2010 book by Ezra Levant.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
I was also drawn to the work of Ezra Pound and Robert Creeley.Image is Everything: An Interview with Alejandro Zambra
February 28, 2014
“Ezra was the most generous writer I have ever known,” Hemingway later remarked.
Ezra Pound offered to make useful connections for Joyce, and find places where he could publish his writings.
Ezra Pound ranks among the finest poets of his generation, but his greatest trait may have been his eye for talent in others.
So Ezra sed: "Wall, here's your money; now what do you want in trade?"Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
"Ezra needs bracing'," she heard her mother say, in many a sick-room gossip.
"Well, I hadn't any expectation o' your bein' here," said Ezra.
We hear it in the prayer of men like Ezra and Nehemiah and Daniel.The Ministry of Intercession
The two days and nights following Ezra's departure had been strenuous and provoking.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a Jewish priest of the 5th century bc, who was sent from Babylon by the Persian king Artaxerxes I to reconstitute observance of the Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the captivity
- the book recounting his efforts to perform this task
Word Origin and History for ezra
masc. proper name, in Old Testament name of a celebrated 5c. B.C.E. scribe, from Late Latin, from Hebrew Ezra, contraction of Azaryah(u), literally "God has helped," from ezer "help" + Yah, a shortened form of Yahweh "God."