noun Phi·le·mon \fə-ˈlē-mən, fī-\

Definition of Philemon

  1. 1 :  a friend and probable convert of the apostle Paul

  2. 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of philemon

Greek Philēmōn

First Known Use: 14th century

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to criticize severely

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