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Joel

[joh-uh l]
noun
  1. a Minor Prophet of the postexilic period.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “the Lord is God.”
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  • He spoke tenderly, but inflexibly, and Joel felt that his fate was pronounced.

  • Joel Barlow, the poet, was sent to Paris to negotiate the sale of the lands.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • Then he emerged from the house and he and Joel walked rapidly off together.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • If I didn't take it you and Joel might have had a poor relation to board and lodge.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • And Joel and George Kent they think he's the greatest man they ever saw.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for joel

Joel

noun Old Testament
  1. a Hebrew prophet
  2. the book containing his oracles
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Word Origin and History for joel

Joel

masc. proper name, from Hebrew Yoh'el, name of a minor Old Testament prophet, literally "the Lord is God;" the same name as Elijah (q.v.) but with the elements reversed. But the personal name that became common in Devon and Cornwall and the Breton districts of Yorkshire and the Eastern Counties immediately after the Conquest is from Old Breton Iudhael, from Iud- "chief, lord" + hael "generous." It is the source of the modern British surname Joel, as well as Jewell, Joule, and Jolson.

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