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Paul

[pawl for 1–3, 5; poul for 4]
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noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. c67, a missionary and apostle to the gentiles: author of several of the Epistles.Compare Saul(def 2).
  2. Alice,1885–1977, U.S. women's-rights activist.
  3. Elliot (Harold),1891–1958, U.S. novelist.
  4. Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, pen name of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter.
  5. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “little”.
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Richter

[rik-ter; German rikh-tuhr; Russian ryeekh-tyir]
noun
  1. Burton,born 1931, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1976.
  2. Conrad,1890–1968, U.S. novelist.
  3. Franz Xa·ver [ksah-vuhr] /ˈksɑ vər/, 1709–89, German composer, born in Moravia.
  4. Jean Paul Frie·drich [zhahn poul free-drikh] /ʒɑ̃ paʊl ˈfri drɪx/, Jean Paul, 1763–1825, German author.
  5. Svia·to·slav (Te·o·fi·lo·vich) [svee-at-uh-slahf tey-uh-fee-luh-vich; Russian svyi-tuh-slahf tyi-uh-fyee-luh-vyich] /sviˈæt əˌslɑf ˌteɪ əˈfi lə vɪtʃ; Russian svyɪ tʌˈslɑf tyɪ ʌˈfyi lə vyɪtʃ/, 1915–97, Russian pianist.
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British Dictionary definitions for jean paul

Jean Paul

noun
  1. real name Johann Paul Friedrich Richter. 1763–1825, German novelist
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Paul

noun
  1. Saint. Also called: Paul the Apostle, Saul of Tarsus. original name Saul. died ?67 ad, one of the first Christian missionaries to the Gentiles, who died a martyr in Rome. Until his revelatory conversion he had assisted in persecuting the Christians. He wrote many of the Epistles in the New Testament. Feast day: June 29Related adjective: Pauline
  2. Jean. See Jean Paul
  3. Les, real name Lester Polfuss. 1915–2009, US guitarist: creator of the solid-body electric guitar and pioneer in multitrack recording
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Richter

noun
  1. (ˈrɪktə) Burton . born 1931, US physicist: shared the 1976 Nobel prize for physics with Samuel Tring for discovering the subatomic particle known as the J/psi particle
  2. (German ˈrɪçtər) Johann Friedrich (joˈhan ˈfriːdrɪç), wrote under the name Jean Paul . 1763–1825, German romantic novelist. His works include Hesperus (1795) and Titan (1800–03)
  3. (Russian ˈrixtɪr) Sviatoslav (svɪtaˈslaf). 1915–97, Ukrainian concert pianist
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Word Origin and History for jean paul

Paul

masc. proper name, Biblical name of the apostle to the Gentiles, from Latin Paulum (nominative Paulus), Roman surname of the Aemilian gens, literally "small," from PIE *pau-ro-lo-, from base *pau- (1) "few, little" (see few). Cf. Old French Pol, Italian Paolo, Spanish Pablo, Russian Pavel.

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jean paul in Culture

Paul

Ancient Christian preacher and teacher; along with the Apostle Peter, one of the foremost leaders of the early Christian Church. Paul, originally called Saul, was at first an enemy and persecutor of the early Christians. As he rode to Damascus one day, seeking to suppress the Christians there, a strong light from heaven blinded him, and God spoke to him; after this experience, Saul became a Christian. Going by the Greek name Paul, he spent the rest of his life bringing the gospel to the peoples of the ancient world. The New Testament includes his many epistles (letters) to the early Christian communities.

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Idioms and Phrases with jean paul

Paul

see rob Peter to pay Paul.

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