Eli

noun
\ ˈē-ˌlī How to pronounce Eli (audio) \

Definition of Eli

: a judge and priest of Israel who according to the account in I Samuel was entrusted with the care of the boy Samuel

First Known Use of Eli

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Eli

Hebrew ʽĒlī

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

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