[ sam-yoo-uh l ]
/ ˈsæm yu əl /


a judge and prophet of Israel. I Sam. 1–3; 8–15.
either of two books of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: I Sam., II Sam.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “name of God.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for samuel


/ (ˈsæmjʊəl) /

noun Old Testament

a Hebrew prophet, seer, and judge, who anointed the first two kings of the Israelites (I Samuel 1–3; 8–15)
either of the two books named after him, I and II Samuel
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Word Origin and History for samuel


masc. proper name, Biblical judge and prophet, from Late Latin, from Greek Samouel, from Hebrew Shemiel, literally "the name of God," from shem "name" + El "God."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper