noun Ish·ma·el \ˈish-(ˌ)mā-əl, -mē-\

Definition of Ishmael

  1. 1 :  the outcast son of Abraham and Hagar according to the account in Genesis and a prophet of Islam according to the Koran

  2. 2 :  a social outcast

Origin and Etymology of ishmael

Hebrew Yishmāʽēl

First Known Use: before 12th century

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