[ gim-uh l ]
/ ˈgɪm əl /


the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Music. gymel.

Origin of gimel

< Hebrew gīmel, akin to gāmāl camel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gimel

  • In Greek and Hebrew the third letter (gimel, gamma) had the power of the flat mute g, as in gun.

    The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
  • Their beth was a house in the tent form; their gimel a camel, represented by its head and neck; their daleth a door, and so on.

    History of Phoenicia|George Rawlinson
  • Count Gimel, of whom I shall hereafter have occasion to speak more at length, set out about this time for Carlsbad.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  • It was the love-bairn of a dead mother, brought up in the kindly Highland fashion, free of every gimel and kail-pot.

    John Splendid|Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for gimel

/ (ˈɡɪməl, Hebrew ˈɡiːmɛl) /


the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ג) transliterated as g or, when final, gh

Word Origin for gimel

literally: camel
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