Philemon

noun
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

Learn More About Philemon

Time Traveler for Philemon

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near Philemon

Philem

Philemon

philenor butterfly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Philemon

Cite this Entry

“Philemon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Philemon. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!