[ jer-uh-mahy-uh ]

  1. a Major Prophet of the 6th and 7th centuries b.c.

  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Jer.

  1. a male given name.

Origin of Jeremiah

From Late Latin Jeremias, Hieremias, from Greek Hieremíās, from Hebrew Yirmĕyāh(ū) “God is high; God will exalt”

Other words from Jeremiah

  • Jer·e·mi·an, Jer·e·mi·an·ic [jer-uh-mahy-an-ik]; /ˌdʒɛr ə maɪˈæn ɪk/; adjective

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How to use Jeremiah in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Jeremiah


/ (ˌdʒɛrɪˈmaɪə) /

  1. Old Testament

    • a major prophet of Judah from about 626 to 587 bc

    • the book containing his oracles

  2. a person who habitually prophesies doom or denounces contemporary society

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Cultural definitions for Jeremiah


A major Israelite prophet; also, a book of the Old Testament that chronicles his life and records his angry lamentations about the wickedness of his people.

Notes for Jeremiah

A “jeremiad” is any long lamentation or angry denunciation.

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