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Etymology

From the Ancient Greek Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), a transliteration of the Old Testament Hebrew אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva), meaning "my God is an oath". (see El)

Proper noun

Singular
Elizabeth

Plural
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Elizabeth

  1. A female given name, popular since the 16th century.
  2. (Biblical) The mother of John the Baptist; Elisabeth in later versions of the Bible.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1)( in the Wycliffe version of the Bible) Elisheba, the wife of Aaron.

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  • 1380s Wycliffe version of the Bible: Luke 1:5:
    In the daies of Eroude, kyng of Judee, ther was a prest, Sakarie bi name, of the sorte of Abia, and his wijf was of the douytris of Aaron, and hir name was Elizabeth.
    ibid., Exodus 6:23:
    Sotheli Aaron took a wijf, Elizabeth,the douytir of Amynadab, the sistr of Naason.
  • 1988 Barbara Vine ( =Ruth Rendell ): The House of Stairs: p.21:
    "Because if you say it over and over to yourself, darling, it really is a quite strange-sounding name, isn't it? It's just as strange as any other from the Old Testament, Mehetabel or Hepsibah or Shulamith, and any of them might have got to be as fashionable as Elizabeth if a queen had been called by them.
  • 1993 Phillip Margolin: Gone But Not Forgotten. Bantam Books ISBN 0553569031 p.25:
    No one ever called Elizabeth Tannenbaum stunning, but most men found her attractive. Hardly anyone called her Elizabeth, either. An "Elizabeth" was regal, cool, an eyecatching beauty. A "Betsy" was pleasant to look at, a tiny bit overweight, capable, but still fun to be with.

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