Jez·​e·​bel ˈje-zə-ˌbel How to pronounce Jezebel (audio)
: the Phoenician wife of Ahab who according to the account in I and II Kings pressed the cult of Baal on the Israelite kingdom but was finally killed in accordance with Elijah's prophecy
often not capitalized : an impudent, shameless, or morally unrestrained woman

Examples of Jezebel in a Sentence

as far as the family matriarch was concerned, her son's fiancée was a gold digger and a Jezebel

Word History


Hebrew Izebhel

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jezebel was in the 14th century

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“Jezebel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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