Naphtali

noun
Naph·​ta·​li | \ ˈnaf-tə-ˌlī How to pronounce Naphtali (audio) \

Definition of Naphtali

: a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel

First Known Use of Naphtali

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Naphtali

Hebrew Naphtālī

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Naphtali

Time Traveler for Naphtali

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for Naphtali

Cite this Entry

“Naphtali.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Naphtali. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Naphtali

What made you want to look up Naphtali? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

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!