[ ji-hoh-vuh ]
/ dʒɪˈhoʊ və /


a name of God in the Old Testament, a rendering of the ineffable name, JHVH, in the Hebrew Scriptures.
(in modern Christian use) God.

Related forms

Je·ho·vic [ji-hoh-vik] /dʒɪˈhoʊ vɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for jehovah


/ (dʒɪˈhəʊvə) /


Old Testament the personal name of God, revealed to Moses on Mount Horeb (Exodus 3)

Word Origin for Jehovah

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Hebrew YHVH: the original vocalization was considered too sacred to be pronounced and the vowels of Eloah (God) were therefore substituted in the Masoretic text, whence Yetto Vah
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Culture definitions for jehovah


Another name for God; an approximation of the holiest name of God in Hebrew (the name was held so sacred that it was never written or spoken, and scholars are not sure exactly how it should be pronounced). It means “I am that I am,” or “I am the one who is.” In the incident of the burning bush in the Book of Exodus, God, speaking out of the bush, tells Moses that this is his name.

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