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[jez-uh-bel, -buh l]
  1. Also Douay Bible, Jez·a·bel. the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. I Kings 16:31.
  2. (often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.
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Related formsJez·e·be·li·an [jez-uh-bee-lee-uh n, -beel-yuh n] /ˌdʒɛz əˈbi li ən, -ˈbil yən/, Jez·e·bel·ish [jez-uh-bel-ish] /ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl ɪʃ/, adjective
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Historical Examples of jezabel

  • Neither are you a favorite with Isabel, or Jezabel, as he calls her.

    Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent

    William Carleton

  • And Jezabel, his wife, went in to him, and said to him: What is the matter that thy soul is so grieved?

  • And they sent to Jezabel, saying: Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for jezabel


  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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Word Origin and History for jezabel



"impudent woman," 1550s, after Jezebel, the wicked Tyrean princess who married Ahab, king of Israel (Kings xxi:5-23), from Hebrew Izebhel, "a name of uncertain origin and meaning" [Klein].

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jezabel in Culture



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

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