Jonathan

noun
Jon·​a·​than | \ ˈjä-nə-thən How to pronounce Jonathan (audio) \

Definition of Jonathan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a son of Saul and friend of David according to the account in I Samuel
2 : american especially : a New Englander
3 : a medium-sized red-skinned apple

Jonathan

biographical name
Jon·​a·​than | \ ˈjä-nə-thən How to pronounce Jonathan (audio) \

Definition of Jonathan (Entry 2 of 2)

Goodluck (Ebele Azikiwe) 1957–     president of Nigeria (2010–15)

First Known Use of Jonathan

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jonathan

Noun

Hebrew Yōnāthān

Learn More About Jonathan

Time Traveler for Jonathan

Time Traveler

The first known use of Jonathan was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near Jonathan

Jonas

Jonathan

Jonathan freckle

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Jonathan

Cite this Entry

“Jonathan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jonathan. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!