noun \ˈjä-nə-thən\

Definition of JONATHAN

:  a son of Saul and friend of David according to the account in I Samuel
:  american; especially :  a New Englander
:  a medium-sized red-skinned apple

Origin of JONATHAN

Hebrew Yōnāthān
First Known Use: 14th century


biographical name \ˈjä-nə-thən\

Definition of JONATHAN

Goodluck (Ebele Azikiwe) 1957– pres. of Nigeria (2010–)


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the Hebrew scriptures, the eldest son of King Saul and friend of David. A warrior in the Israelite army, he is first mentioned as victor over the Philistines at Geba. After David joined Saul's household, he and Jonathan became close friends. Saul became jealous of David's popularity and sought to kill him, but Jonathan prevented him. When the two met for the last time, they planned that David would be the next king of Israel and Jonathan his prime minister, but Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle at Mount Gilboa.


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