in the Bible : the elder son of Isaac and Rebekah who sold his birthright to his twin brother Jacob

Word History


Latin, from Greek Ēsau, from Hebrew ʽĒsāw

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Esau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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