- a name of God, transliterated by scholars from the Tetragrammaton and commonly rendered Jehovah.
Also Yah·we, Yah·veh, Yah·ve [yah-ve] /ˈyɑ vɛ/, Jahveh, Jahve, Jahweh, Jahwe.
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Jahweh Yahveh or Jahveh (ˈjɑːveɪ)
- Old Testament a vocalization of the Tetragrammaton, used esp by Christian theologians
from Hebrew, from YHVH, with conjectural vowels; perhaps related to hāwāh to be; see also Jehovah
Word Origin and History for yahweh
1869, hypothetical reconstruction of the tetragrammaton YHWH (see Jehovah), based on the assumption that the tetragrammaton is the imperfective of Hebrew verb hawah, earlier form of hayah "was," in the sense of "the one who is, the existing."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper