Adam

noun
Ad·​am | \ ˈa-dəm How to pronounce Adam (audio) \

Definition of Adam

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 in the Bible : the first man and father by Eve of Cain and Abel
2 : the unregenerate nature of man used especially in the phrase the old Adam

Adam

adjective

Definition of Adam (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being an 18th century decorative style (as of furniture) characterized by straight lines, surface decoration, and conventional designs (such as festooned garlands and medallions)

Adam

biographical name
Ad·​am | \ ˈa-dəm How to pronounce Adam (audio) \

Definition of Adam (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert 1728–1792 and his brother James 1730–1794 Scottish architects and furniture designers

Other Words from Adam

Noun

Adamic \ ə-​ˈda-​mik How to pronounce Adam (audio) \ or Adamical \ ə-​ˈda-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce Adam (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Adam

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Adam

Noun

Late Latin, borrowed from Hebrew Ādhām

Adjective

after Robert Adam and James Adam

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“Adam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Adam. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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