Ish·​ma·​el ˈish-(ˌ)mā-əl How to pronounce Ishmael (audio)
: the outcast son of Abraham and Hagar according to the account in Genesis and a prophet of Islam according to the Koran
: a social outcast

Word History


Hebrew Yishmāʽēl

First Known Use

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

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

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“Ishmael.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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