- the father of David. I Sam. 16.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God exists.”
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Examples from the Web for jesse
Among African Americans, the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Jeremiah Wright cannot do it.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
But probably because we co-edited the Deadline Artists anthologies with our friend Jesse Angelo, we feel a fidelity to the form.The Best Columns of 2014
John Avlon, Errol Louis
December 31, 2014
There, Jesse once again spotted Wahlberg and his friends lurking.
That day, Jesse Coleman, a 12-year-old black boy, and his older brother and sister were walking back to their home in Dorchester.
With Mac and Jesse we wanted to establish a friendship that was mostly a product of their common situation and enclosed world.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
Tell me, Jesse, tell your friend, who came into the world to save sinners?
"The old man seems to be comin' to life, Mister," said Jesse.
In a moment they were crashing through the undergrowth, Jesse and Andy in the lead.
Peter went off to the man in the hedge behind the kitchen—Jesse Brown.
Jesse Brown, his foreman, seemed to be loyal, but he was easy-going and weak.
- Old Testament the father of David (I Samuel 16)
Word Origin and History for jesse
masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper