[ney-oh-mee, -mahy, ney-oh-mahy, -mee]
  1. the mother-in-law of Ruth and the great-grandmother of David. Ruth 1.
  2. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “pleasant.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Old Testament the mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1:2)Douay spelling: Noemi
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Word Origin and History for naomi


fem. proper name, biblical mother-in-law of Ruth, from Hebrew Na'omi, literally "my delight," from no'am "pleasantness, delightfulness," from stem of na'em "was pleasant, was lovely."

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