tetragrammaton

noun
tet·​ra·​gram·​ma·​ton | \ ˌte-trə-ˈgra-mə-ˌtän How to pronounce tetragrammaton (audio) \

Definition of tetragrammaton

: 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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First Known Use of tetragrammaton

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetragrammaton

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

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“Tetragrammaton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetragrammaton. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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