James

noun
\ ˈjāmz How to pronounce James (audio) \

Definition of James

1 : an apostle, son of Zebedee, and brother of the apostle John according to the Gospel accounts
2 : an apostle and son of Alphaeus according to the Gospel accounts

called also James the Less

3 : a brother of Jesus traditionally held to be the author of the New Testament Epistle of James
4 : a moral lecture addressed to early Christians and included as a book in the New Testament — see Bible Table

First Known Use of James

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for James

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *Jacomus, alteration of Late Latin Jacobus, Jacob Jacob

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“James.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/James. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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James biographical name (1)

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Definition of James

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name of 6 kings of Scotland and 2 kings of Great Britain: especially VI 1566–1625 of Scotland (reigned 1567–1603) or I of Great Britain (reigned 1603–25); II 1633–1701 (reigned 1685–88)

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Henry 1811–1882 American philosopher

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Definition of James (Entry 3 of 8)

Henry 1843–1916 son of Henry James British (American-born) writer

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Jamesian \ ˈjām-​zē-​ən How to pronounce James (audio) \ adjective

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Jesse Woodson 1847–1882 American outlaw

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LeBron (Raymone) 1984–     American basketball player

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P(hyllis) D(orothy) 1920–2014 Baroness James of Holland Park British writer

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Definition of James (Entry 7 of 8)

William 1842–1910 brother of Henry James (writer) American psychologist and philosopher

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Jamesian \ ˈjām-​zē-​ən How to pronounce James (audio) \ adjective

James

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\ ˈjāmz How to pronounce James (audio) \

Definition of James (Entry 8 of 8)

1 or officially Dakota \ də-​ˈkō-​tə How to pronounce James (audio) \ river 710 miles (1143 kilometers) long in North Dakota and South Dakota flowing south to the Missouri River
2 river 340 miles (547 kilometers) long in Virginia flowing east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads

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