Jacob

noun
Ja·​cob | \ ˈjā-kəb How to pronounce Jacob (audio) \

Definition of Jacob

1 in the Bible : a son of Isaac and Rebekah, the twin brother of Esau, and heir of God's promise of blessing to Abraham
2 : the ancient Hebrew nation

First Known Use of Jacob

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

History and Etymology for Jacob

Late Latin, from Greek Iacōb, from Hebrew Yaʽăqōbh

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3 Sep 2020

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“Jacob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacob. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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