Solomon

[ sol-uh-muh n ]
/ ˈsɒl ə mən /
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noun

fl. 10th century b.c., king of Israel (son of David).
an extraordinarily wise man; a sage.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for solomon

Solomon

/ (ˈsɒləmən) /

noun

10th century bc, king of Israel, son of David and Bathsheba, credited with great wisdom
Derived FormsSolomonic (ˌsɒləˈmɒnɪk) or Solomonian (ˌsɒləˈməʊnɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for solomon

Solomon


masc. proper name, Biblical name of David's son, king of Judah and Israel and wisest of all men, from Greek Solomon, from Hebrew Sh'lomoh, from shelomo "peaceful," from shalom "peace." The Arabic form is Suleiman. The common medieval form was Salomon (Vulgate, Tyndale, Douai); Solomon was used in Geneva Bible and KJV. Used allusively for "a wise ruler" since 1550s. Related: Solomonic; Solomonian. The Solomon Islands were so named 1568 by Spanish explorers in hopeful expectation of having found the source of the gold brought to King Solomon in I Kings ix:29.

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Culture definitions for solomon

Solomon


In the Old Testament, a Hebrew king, son and successor of David. The “wisdom of Solomon” is proverbial. Solomon is also known for his many wives, for his splendor and wealth, and for building the Temple at Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem).

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