Ho·​lo·​fer·​nes ˌhä-lə-ˈfər-(ˌ)nēz How to pronounce Holofernes (audio)
: a general of Nebuchadnezzar's who led an Assyrian army against Israel and was beheaded in his sleep by Judith

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Holophernēs

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Holofernes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holofernes. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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