Philemon

[ fi-lee-muh n, fahy- ]
/ fɪˈli mən, faɪ- /
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noun

an Epistle written by Paul. Abbreviation: Phil.
a person who was probably a convert of Paul and to whom this Epistle is addressed.

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Philemon

1
/ (faɪˈliːmɒn) /

noun New Testament

a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul
the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping

Philemon

2
/ (faɪˈliːmɒn) /

noun

Greek myth a poor Phrygian, who with his wife Baucis offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes
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Word Origin and History for philemon

Philemon

masc. proper name, in Greek mythology a pious man, husband of Baucis; from Greek philemon, literally "loving, affectionate," from philein "to love" (see philo-).

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