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[sab-ee-oth, -awth, sab-ey-, suh-bey-ohth]
noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. armies; hosts. Rom. 9:29; James 5:4.
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Origin of Sabaoth

1275–1325; < Hebrew ṣəbhāʾōth, plural of ṣābhā army
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Examples from the Web for sabaoth

Historical Examples

  • I am informed that the second word Mitzoveh may stand for 'from Sabaoth'.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Sacred and inspired divinity, the sabaoth and port of all men's labours and peregrinations.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for sabaoth


  1. Bible hosts, armies (esp in the phrase the Lord of Sabaoth in Romans 9:29)
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Word Origin

C14: via Latin and Greek from Hebrew ç'bāōth, from çābā
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Word Origin and History for sabaoth



early 14c., from Late Latin, from Greek Sabaoth, rendering Hebrew tzebhaoth "hosts, armies," plural of tzabha "army," from tzaba "he waged war, he served." A word translated in English in the Old Testament by the phrase "the Lord of Hosts," but originally left untranslated in the New Testament and in the "Te Deum" in the designation Lord of Sabaoth; often confused with sabbath.

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