Phi·​le·​mon | \ fə-ˈlē-mən How to pronounce Philemon (audio) , fī- How to pronounce Philemon (audio) \

Definition of Philemon

1 : a friend and probable convert of the apostle Paul
2 : a letter written by St. Paul to a Christian living in the area of Colossae and included as a book in the New Testament — see Bible Table
3 : a poor aged Phrygian in Greek mythology who with his wife Baucis treats a disguised Zeus hospitably and is rewarded by him with a splendid temple

First Known Use of Philemon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Philemon

Greek Philēmōn

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“Philemon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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