Abra·​ham ˈā-brə-ˌham How to pronounce Abraham (audio)
in the Bible : an Old Testament patriarch regarded by Jews as the founder of the Hebrew people through his son Isaac and by Muslims as the founder of the Arab peoples through his son Ishmael

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Abraam, from Hebrew 'Abhrāhām

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abraham was before the 12th century

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“Abraham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abraham. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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