Da·​vid ˈdā-vəd How to pronounce David (audio)
: a Hebrew shepherd who became the second king of Israel in succession to Saul according to biblical accounts
Davidic adjective

Word History


Hebrew Dāwīdh

First Known Use

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

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

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“David.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/David. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Da·​vid dä-ˈvēt͟h How to pronounce David (audio)
town in western Panama population 77,057

Biographical Definition

David 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Da·​vid ˈdä-vət How to pronounce David (audio)
Gerard circa 1460–1523 Dutch painter


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Da·​vid dä-ˈvēd How to pronounce David (audio)
Jacques-Louis 1748–1825 French painter

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