- a Minor Prophet who, for his impiety, was thrown overboard from his ship and swallowed by a large fish, remaining in its belly for three days before being cast up onto the shore unharmed.
- a book of the Bible bearing his name.
- any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
- Also Jo·nas [joh-nuh s] /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”
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Examples from the Web for jonas
Now Nick Jonas, freshly 22 years old and leaving his days as a mommy-approved Jonas Brothers crooner behind, is following suit.
“[She] said that at one point I was too heavy, that I was crushing her,” Jonas says.
Following in those shrewd, shirtless footsteps, perhaps one day Jonas will be peed on by Nicole Kidman, too.
All that, and, Jonas tells me, “overall I thought it was just really badass.”
The Giver, in a pivotal moment, tells Jonas that releasing is actually a form of euthanizing.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans
August 15, 2014
Jonas looked hard at his waistcoat and jewels; and said 'Rather, ecod!'
I understand all about paid-up capitals, you know,' said Jonas.
I never understood that he was at all blind,' said Jonas, carelessly.
Ecod then he'd no right to say so,' cried Jonas, interrupting. '
If Mr Jonas didn't care for you, how could you wish to have him?'
- Old Testament
- a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land
- the book in which his adventures are recounted
- a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx
Word Origin and History for jonas
masc. proper name, from Late Latin Jonas, from Greek Ionas, from Hebrew yonah "dove, pigeon" (cf. Jonah).
masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Yonah, literally "dove, pigeon."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper