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ˈdʒeɪ kəbJa·cob

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jacob, Francois Jacob(noun)

    French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)

  2. Jacob(noun)

    (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')


  1. Jacob(ProperNoun)

    A breed of multihorned sheep.

  2. Jacob(ProperNoun)

    One of the sons of Isaac and Rebecca, and twin brother of Esau; father of the Israelites.

    Etymology: From Late Latin Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος ( Iákōbos ) , from Biblical Hebrew יַעֲקֹב‎ ( yaʿăqōḇ , literally " heel-grabber") , from עָקֵב‎ ( ʿāqēḇ , " heel") . Doublet of James.

  3. Jacob(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from Hebrew.

    "Georgette. How are you called?" "Jacob." "That's a Flemish name." "American too." "You're not a Flamand?" "No, American." "Good, I detest Flamands." - - -

    Etymology: From Late Latin Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος ( Iákōbos ) , from Biblical Hebrew יַעֲקֹב‎ ( yaʿăqōḇ , literally " heel-grabber") , from עָקֵב‎ ( ʿāqēḇ , " heel") . Doublet of James.


  1. Jacob

    Jacob (; Hebrew: יַעֲקֹב, Modern: Ya‘aqōv , Tiberian: Yaʿăqōḇ; Arabic: يَعْقُوب‎ Yaʿqūb, Greek: Ἰακώβ, Iakṓb), later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites and so is an important figure in Abrahamic religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jacob first appears in the Book of Genesis, the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel, the nephew of Ishmael. He was the second-born of Isaac's children, the elder being his fraternal twin brother Esau. However, by deceiving Isaac when he was old and blind, Jacob was able to usurp the blessing that belonged to Esau as the firstborn son, and become the leader of their family. Following a severe drought in his homeland Canaan, Jacob and his descendants, with the help of his son Joseph, who had since become a confidante of Pharaoh, moved to Egypt, where he died, aged 147 years, and was buried in the Cave of Machpelah. Jacob is said to have had twelve sons by four women, his wives, Leah and Rachel, and his concubines, Bilhah and Zilpah, who were, in order of their birth, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin, all of whom became the heads of their own family groups, later known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and it is also known that he had a daughter, Dinah. It is possible he had more children than the thirteen named in the Bible, as the passages Gen. 37:35 and Gen. 46:7 both mention the existence of his sons and daughters, which could support the existence of additional children, who were unnamed in religious texts. Jacob displayed favoritism among his wives and children, preferring Rachel and her sons, Joseph and Benjamin, causing tension within the family, culminating in the sale of Joseph by his brothers into slavery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jacob(noun)

    a Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called Israel

    Etymology: [Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d Jack.]


  1. Jacob

    Jacob, also later known as Israel, as described in the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the New Testament, the Qur'an and Baha'i scripture was the third patriarch of the Hebrew people with whom God made a covenant, and ancestor of the tribes of Israel, which were named after his descendants. In the Hebrew Bible, he is the son of Isaac and Rebekah, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and of Bethuel, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons and at least one daughter, by his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and by their female handmaids Bilhah and Zilpah. The children named in Genesis were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, daughter Dinah, Joseph, and Benjamin. Before the birth of Benjamin, Jacob is renamed "Israel" by God. The name "Israel" can be translated as "God contended", but other meanings have also been suggested. Some commentators say the name comes from the verb śœarar, thereby making the name mean "God rules" or "God judges". Other possible meanings include "the prince of God" or "El fights/struggles".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jacob

    a Hebrew patriarch, younger son of Isaac and Rebecca, the favourite of his mother, and had twelve sons, the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel; his character and the story of his life are naïvely delineated in the book of Genesis.

Rap Dictionary

  1. jacob(noun)

    Jacob or Jacob the Jeweler

  2. jacob(noun)

    Jacob the Jeweler, a famous jeweler. Many rappers buy their jewelry from Jacob's jewelry store in New York. Jacob was featured in Def Jam: Fight For NY, as a playable character. Another famous jeweler that rappers buy jewelry from is Mimi So.

  3. jacob(noun)

    A watch, made by Jacob the Jeweler. "Yo Fab let's switch Jacobs for the week -- Fabolous ft. The Game (Jackin for Beats)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jacob in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jacob in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Jacob in a Sentence

  1. Letetra Wideman:

    Every time you see Jacob Blake, you're going to see the Stinnette family and any other families that fall victim to police brutality.

  2. Justin Blake:

    President Trump is a racist who stokes racial tensions. President Trump has been stirring racial tensions since President Trump got in This White House. Why, as Jacob's uncle, would I want to talk to him ? Our focus is on Jacob and healing the community.

  3. Bill Delvaux:

    No better story of renaming can be found in the Bible than the story of Jacob (Gen. 32:22-32)

  4. Jordan Sekulow:

    As the U.S. government sits down with Iran in Geneva it is imperative that our diplomats carry out President Obama's promise to young Jacob and secure Pastor Saeed's release in advance of any formal agreement with Iran.

  5. Ben Crump:

    We feel this decision not only failed Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice, this sends the wrong message to police officers throughout the country. It says its OK for police to abuse their power and recklessly shoot their weapon, destroying the life of someone who was trying to protect his children.

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