: an early Christian apostle and missionary and author of several New Testament epistles

Word History


Latin Paulus, from Greek Paulos

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Paul was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Paul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Biographical Definition

Paul 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

name of 6 popes: especially III (Alessandro Farnese) 1468–1549 (pope 1534–49); V 1552–1621 (pope 1605–21); VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) 1897–1978 (pope 1963–78)


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Wolfgang 1913–1993 German physicist

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