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Samuel

[sam-yoo-uh l]
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noun
  1. a judge and prophet of Israel. I Sam. 1–3; 8–15.
  2. either of two books of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: I Sam., II Sam.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “name of God.”
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Samuel

noun Old Testament
  1. a Hebrew prophet, seer, and judge, who anointed the first two kings of the Israelites (I Samuel 1–3; 8–15)
  2. either of the two books named after him, I and II Samuel
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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."

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