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  1. one of the 12 apostles. Mark 3:18; John 1:43–48; 6:5–7.

  2. one of the leaders of the Christian Hellenists in the early church in Jerusalem who afterwards became an evangelist and missionary. Acts 6; 8:26–40.

  1. King Metacomet, died 1676, North American Indian chief: sachem of the Wampanoag tribe 1662–76; leader of the Indians in King Philip's War.

  2. Prince, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921–2021, consort of Elizabeth II.

  3. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “lover of horses.”

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/ (ˈfɪlɪp) /

  1. New Testament

    • one of the twelve apostles of Jesus

    • Also: Philip the Evangelist one of the seven deacons appointed by the early Church

    • Also: Philip the Tetrarch one of the sons of Herod the Great, who was ruler of part of former Judaea (4 bc –34 ad) (Luke 3:1)

  2. King, American Indian name Metacomet. died 1676, American Indian chief, the son of Massasoit. He waged King Philip's War against the colonists of New England (1675–76) and was killed in battle

  1. Prince. another name for the (Duke of): Edinburgh Prince. another name for the (Duke of) Edinburgh

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