Ja·​cob ˈjā-kəb How to pronounce Jacob (audio)
in the Bible : a son of Isaac and Rebekah, the twin brother of Esau, and heir of God's promise of blessing to Abraham
: the ancient Hebrew nation

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Iacōb, from Hebrew Yaʽăqōbh

First Known Use

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

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

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“Jacob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacob. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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