[ fi-lee-muhn, fahy- ]

  1. an Epistle written by Paul. Abbreviation: Phil.

  2. a person who was probably a convert of Paul and to whom this Epistle is addressed.

Words Nearby Philemon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Philemon in a sentence

  • The whole of the little Epistle to Philemon may be read, to show the position of the early church on slavery.

    The Complete Club Book for Women | Caroline French Benton
  • Philemon bends above old Baucis at the High School gate, though hitherto they have been sycamores.

    Emmy Lou | George Madden Martin
  • Its character may be compared to the honey with which the author crowns the miraculous hoard of Baucis and Philemon.

  • Paul's epistle to Philemon does not, from its very-nature, seem intended for publication.

    Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
  • Mr. Henson is obliged to face the story of Onesimus, the runaway slave, whom Paul deliberately sent back to his master, Philemon.

    Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote

British Dictionary definitions for Philemon (1 of 2)


/ (faɪˈliːmɒn) /

nounNew Testament
  1. a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul

  2. the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping

British Dictionary definitions for Philemon (2 of 2)


/ (faɪˈliːmɒn) /

  1. Greek myth a poor Phrygian, who with his wife Baucis offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes

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