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one of several deities, especially a male deity, presiding over some portion of worldly affairs.Compare goddess (def. 1).
an image of a deity; an idol.
any deified person or object.
a nebulous powerful force imagined to be responsible for one's fate: The god of poker dealt me two aces.
gods, Theater.
  1. the upper balcony in a theater.
  2. the spectators in this part of the balcony.

verb (used with object), god·ded, god·ding.

to regard or treat as a god; deify; idolize.



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Origin of god

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch god,German Gott,Old Norse goth,Gothic guth


non·god, nounsem·i·god, nounsubgod, nounun·der·god, noun

Definition for god (2 of 2)

[ god ]
/ gɒd /


(in monotheistic religions) the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.
the Supreme Being according to some particular religion or conception: the God of Islam.
the Supreme Being considered with reference to a particular attribute: the God of mercy.
Christian Science. the Supreme Being, understood as Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Principle.


(used to express disappointment, disbelief, weariness, frustration, annoyance, or the like): God, do we have to listen to this nonsense?

Origin of God

see origin at god
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British Dictionary definitions for god (1 of 2)

/ (ɡɒd) /


a supernatural being, who is worshipped as the controller of some part of the universe or some aspect of life in the world or is the personification of some forceRelated adjective: divine
an image, idol, or symbolic representation of such a deity
any person or thing to which excessive attention is givenmoney was his god
a man who has qualities regarded as making him superior to other men
(in plural) the gallery of a theatre

Word Origin for god

Old English god; related to Old Norse goth, Old High German got, Old Irish guth voice

British Dictionary definitions for god (2 of 2)

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theol the sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is the Creator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
play God to behave in an imperious or superior manner


an oath or exclamation used to indicate surprise, annoyance, etc (and in such expressions as My God! or God Almighty!)
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