[juh-rohm; for 2, 3 also British jer-uh m]
  1. SaintEusebius Hieronymus, a.d. c340–420, Christian ascetic and Biblical scholar: chief preparer of the Vulgate version of the Bible.
  2. Jerome K(lap·ka) [klap-kuh] /ˈklæp kə/, 1859–1927, English humorist and playwright.
  3. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “sacred name.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Latin name Eusebius Hieronymus. ?347–?420 ad, Christian monk and scholar, whose outstanding work was the production of the Vulgate. Feast day: Sept 30
  2. Jerome K (lapka). 1859–1927, English humorous writer; author of Three Men in a Boat (1889)
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Word Origin and History for jerome


masc. proper name, from French Jérome, from Late Latin Hieronymus, from Greek Hieronymos, literally "holy name," from hieros "holy" (see ire) + onyma, dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).

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