Ishmael

noun
Ish·​ma·​el | \ ˈish-(ˌ)mā-əl How to pronounce Ishmael (audio) , -mē- \

Definition of Ishmael

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

First Known Use of Ishmael

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Ishmael

Hebrew Yishmāʽēl

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“Ishmael.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ishmael. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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