- a variety of red apple that matures in early autumn.
Origin of Jonathan1
- a son of Saul and friend of David. I Sam. 18–20.
- Archaic. an American, especially a New Englander.Compare Brother Jonathan.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God gave.”
Examples from the Web for jonathan
Contemporary Examples of jonathan
Jonathan Gruber, the economist who helped design Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act, falls on his sword before Congress.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
Jonathan Moore, who secured the $1.7 million settlement in the Stewart case, is representing them.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
Available at Jonathan Adler Whisky Tumbler Set—Light Horn, $65 This is drinking at its most fashionable.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life
November 29, 2014
“Foreplay for them is getting their emails in check,” Jonathan says.
Around 2005, Drew flew west to pursue a career in acting while Jonathan ran the business in Calgary.
Historical Examples of jonathan
It was almost as though I were talking to Jonathan—my dear Jonathan—and he behind bars!The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
We had a theory that Jonathan and David would go into business together.
"I dunno what Jonathan'll do without that clock," moaned the old lady.
Now, the Carolinians treated John just as they treated Jonathan, and there was no more to be said.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
She turned towards the lane, where Jonathan was dismounting.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- a variety of red apple that ripens in early autumn
Word Origin for Jonathan
- Old Testament the son of Saul and David's close friend, who was killed in battle (I Samuel 31; II Samuel 1:19–26)
masc. proper name, biblical son of Saul, from Hebrew Yonathan, short for Yehonathan, literally "the Lord has given" (cf. Nathan). As a pre-Uncle Sam emblem of the United States, sometimes personified as Brother Jonathan, it dates from 1816, said to have been applied by Washington to Gov. Jonathan Trumbull Sr. of Connecticut (1710-1785), to whom he sometimes turned for advice (cf. 2 Sam. i:26); hence "a New Englander," and eventually "an American." As a variety of red apple it dates from 1831, so called because it was introduced in the U.S.