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Paul

[pawl for 1–3, 5; poul for 4]
noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. c67, a missionary and apostle to the gentiles: author of several of the Epistles.Compare Saul(def 2).
  2. Alice,1885–1977, U.S. women's-rights activist.
  3. Elliot (Harold),1891–1958, U.S. novelist.
  4. Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, pen name of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter.
  5. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “little”.
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Paul I

noun
  1. died a.d. 767, pope 757–767.
  2. Russian Pavel Petrovich, 1754–1801, emperor of Russia 1796–1801 (son of Peter III).
  3. 1901–64, king of Greece 1947–64.
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Paul II

noun
  1. (Pietro Barbo) 1417–71, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1464–71.
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Paul III

noun
  1. Alessandro Farnese, 1468–1549, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1534–49.
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Paul IV

noun
  1. Gian Pietro Caraffa, 1476–1559, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1555–59.
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Paul V

noun
  1. Camillo Borghese, 1552–1621, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1605–21.
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Paul VI

noun
  1. Giovanni Batista Montini, 1897–1978, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1963–78.
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Heyse

[hahy-zuh]
noun
  1. Paul (Jo·hann von) [poul yoh-hahn fuh n] /paʊl ˈyoʊ hɑn fən/, 1830–1914, German playwright, novelist, poet, and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1910.
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Contemporary Examples of paul

Historical Examples of paul

  • Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You wouldn't turn out your sister's son, would you, Uncle Paul?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • When he finished, he said, "Now tell me where you keep your vegetables, Uncle Paul?"

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And now, Uncle Paul, if you don't object I'll take out my pipe and have a smoke.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He's stolen five or six hundred dollars in gold from old Paul Nichols.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for paul

Paul

noun
  1. Saint. Also called: Paul the Apostle, Saul of Tarsus. original name Saul. died ?67 ad, one of the first Christian missionaries to the Gentiles, who died a martyr in Rome. Until his revelatory conversion he had assisted in persecuting the Christians. He wrote many of the Epistles in the New Testament. Feast day: June 29Related adjective: Pauline
  2. Jean. See Jean Paul
  3. Les, real name Lester Polfuss. 1915–2009, US guitarist: creator of the solid-body electric guitar and pioneer in multitrack recording
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Paul I

noun
  1. 1754–1801, tsar of Russia (1796–1801); son of Catherine II; assassinated
  2. 1901–64, king of the Hellenes (1947–64); son of Constantine I
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Paul VI

noun
  1. original name Giovanni Battista Montini. 1897–1978, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1963–1978)
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Paul III

noun
  1. original name Alessandro Farnese. 1468–1549, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1534–49). He excommunicated Henry VIII of England (1538) and inaugurated the Counter-Reformation by approving the establishment of the Jesuits (1540), instituting the Inquisition in Italy, and convening the Council of Trent (1545)
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Word Origin and History for paul

Paul

masc. proper name, Biblical name of the apostle to the Gentiles, from Latin Paulum (nominative Paulus), Roman surname of the Aemilian gens, literally "small," from PIE *pau-ro-lo-, from base *pau- (1) "few, little" (see few). Cf. Old French Pol, Italian Paolo, Spanish Pablo, Russian Pavel.

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paul in Culture

Paul

Ancient Christian preacher and teacher; along with the Apostle Peter, one of the foremost leaders of the early Christian Church. Paul, originally called Saul, was at first an enemy and persecutor of the early Christians. As he rode to Damascus one day, seeking to suppress the Christians there, a strong light from heaven blinded him, and God spoke to him; after this experience, Saul became a Christian. Going by the Greek name Paul, he spent the rest of his life bringing the gospel to the peoples of the ancient world. The New Testament includes his many epistles (letters) to the early Christian communities.

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Idioms and Phrases with paul

Paul

see rob Peter to pay Paul.

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