Eli

noun
\ˈē-ˌlī \

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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