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Jonathan

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[ jon-uh-thuh n ]
/ ˈdʒɒn ə θən /
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noun

a variety of red apple that matures in early autumn.

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Origin of Jonathan

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First recorded in 1875–80; named after Jonathan Hasbrouck (died 1846), American jurist

Definition for jonathan (2 of 2)

Jonathan

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[ jon-uh-thuh n ]
/ ˈdʒɒn ə θən /

noun

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.”
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British Dictionary definitions for jonathan (1 of 2)

Jonathan

1
/ (ˈdʒɒnəθən) /

noun

a variety of red apple that ripens in early autumn

Word Origin for Jonathan

C19: named after Jonathan Hasbrouk (died 1846), American jurist

British Dictionary definitions for jonathan (2 of 2)

Jonathan

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noun

Old Testament the son of Saul and David's close friend, who was killed in battle (I Samuel 31; II Samuel 1:19–26)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jonathan

Jonathan


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.

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