[ jez-uh-bel, -buhl ]

  1. Also Douay Bible, Jez·a·bel . the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. 1 Kings 16:31.

  2. (often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.

Origin of Jezebel

First recorded in 1550–60 for def. 2; from Hebrew Izebhel, of uncertain origin and meaning, -zebhel perhaps representing the divine title “prince”

Other words from Jezebel

  • Jez·e·be·li·an [jez-uh-bee-lee-uhn, -beel-yuhn], /ˌdʒɛz əˈbi li ən, -ˈbil yən/, Jez·e·bel·ish [jez-uh-bel-ish], /ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl ɪʃ/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Jezebel in a sentence

  • To-day, "Jezabel" still exists only in the libretto of Flegg and in the series of sketches deposited in the composer's portfolio.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • "Jezabel" has turned out to be one of those dreams that lead men on to the knowledge of themselves.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • He added, that what he had written was directed most especially against Mary—“that wicked Jezabel of England.”

  • Naboth, for denying his vineyard to king Achab, is by Jezabel's commandment, falsely accused and stoned to death.

  • And the dogs shall eat Jezabel, in the field of Jezrahel, and there shall be no one to bury her.

British Dictionary definitions for Jezebel


/ (ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl, -bəl) /

  1. Old Testament the wife of Ahab, king of Israel: she fostered the worship of Baal and tried to destroy the prophets of Israel (I Kings 18:4–13); she was killed by Jehu (II Kings 9:29–37)

  2. (sometimes not capital) a shameless or scheming woman

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Cultural definitions for Jezebel


[ (jez-uh-bel) ]

In the Old Testament, an immoral, cruel queen of Israel who attempted to kill Elijah and other prophets of God.

Notes for Jezebel

A “jezebel” is a scheming and shamelessly evil woman.

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