Jo·​nah | \ ˈjō-nə How to pronounce Jonah (audio) , sense 3 is also -nər \

Definition of Jonah

1 : an Israelite prophet who according to the account in the book of Jonah resisted a divine call to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh, was swallowed and vomited by a great fish, and eventually carried out his mission
2 : a narrative book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table
3 : one believed to bring bad luck

First Known Use of Jonah

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jonah

Hebrew Yōnāh

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“Jonah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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