tet·​ra·​gram·​ma·​ton ˌte-trə-ˈgra-mə-ˌtän How to pronounce tetragrammaton (audio)
: the four Hebrew letters usually transliterated YHWH or JHVH that form a biblical proper name of God compare yahweh

Examples of tetragrammaton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, many occultists believe that the appearance of 11:11 is connected to the tetragrammaton — the unpronounceable four-letter name for the God of Israel. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 10 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from neuter of tetragrammatos having four letters, from tetra- + grammat-, gramma letter — more at gram

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tetragrammaton was in the 15th century

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“Tetragrammaton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetragrammaton. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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