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Gabriel

[ gey-bree-uhl ]
/ ˈgeɪ bri əl /
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noun

one of the archangels, appearing usually as a divine messenger. Daniel 8:16, 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26.
Islam. the angel of revelation and the intermediary between God and Muhammad.
a male given name.

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Origin of Gabriel

From Late Latin Gabriel, Gabrihel, from Greek Gabriḗl, from Hebrew Gabhriēl “God is my strength”
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British Dictionary definitions for Gabriel (1 of 2)

Gabriel1
/ (ˈɡeɪbrɪəl) /

noun

Bible one of the archangels, the messenger of good news (Daniel 8:16–26; Luke 1:11–20, 26–38)

British Dictionary definitions for Gabriel (2 of 2)

Gabriel2
/ (French ɡabriɛl) /

noun

Jacques-Ange (ʒakɑ̃ʒ). 1698–1782, French architect: designed the Petit Trianon at Versailles
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

Cultural definitions for Gabriel

Gabriel

An angel in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim systems of belief. He is usually represented in the Bible (see also Bible) as a messenger from God, bearing God's word to the Israelites and appearing to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the Annunciation. Gabriel also revealed the sacred laws of the Koran to Muhammad.

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