[ jez-uh-bel, -buh l ]
/ ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl, -bəl /


Also Douay Bible, Jez·a·bel. the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. I Kings 16:31.
(often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.


Jez·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jezebel

/ (ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl, -bəl) /


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)
(sometimes not capital) a shameless or scheming woman
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Culture 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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