[ nee-uh-mahy-uh ]
/ ˌni əˈmaɪ ə /


a Hebrew leader of the 5th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Neh.
a male given name.

Also Douay Bible, Ne·he·mi·as [nee-uh-mahy-uh s] /ˌni əˈmaɪ əs/ (for defs 1, 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌniːɪˈmaɪə) /

noun Old Testament

a Jewish official at the court of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, who in 444 bc became a leader in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity
the book recounting the acts of Nehemiah
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Word Origin and History for nehemiah


masc. proper name, Jewish leader under Persian king Artaxerxes, from Hebrew Nehemyah, literally "the Lord comforts."

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