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ˈdʒoʊ nəJon·ah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jonahnoun

    (Old Testament) Jonah did not wish to become a prophet so God caused a great storm to throw him overboard from a ship; he was saved by being swallowed by a whale that vomited him out onto dry land

  2. jonah, jinxnoun

    a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him

  3. Jonah, Book of Jonahnoun

    a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale


  1. Jonahnoun

    A person who brings a ship bad luck.

  2. Jonahnoun

    Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx.

  3. Jonahnoun

    A male given name from Hebrew.

    'It's Jonah,' Ted says.

  4. Jonahnoun

    A minor prophet who was cast into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

  5. Jonahnoun

    A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.

  6. Jonahnoun

    The 10th sura of the Qur'an.

  7. Etymology: From the Hebrew יוֹנָה (yonáh, " dove").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jonahnoun

    the Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious


  1. Jonah

    Jonah is the name given in the Hebrew Bible to a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century BC, the eponymous central character in the Book of Jonah, famous for being swallowed by a fish or a whale, depending on translation. The Biblical story of Jonah is also repeated, with a few notable differences, in the Qur'an.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jonah

    jō′nä, n. an unlucky passenger on shipboard or elsewhere—from the prophet Jonah.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jonah

    a Hebrew prophet, who, born in Gathhepher, belonged to the northern kingdom of Israel; prophesied in the reign of Jeroboam II., and whose special mission it was, at the bidding of the Lord, to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh; his book, which records his mission and the story of it, written apparently, as by God's dealings with the Ninevites he had himself been, to admonish the Jews that the heathen nations whom they regarded as God's enemies were as much the objects of His mercy as themselves.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jonah in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jonah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Jonah in a Sentence

  1. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Those who tried to refuse or go against the Will of God, like Jonah, had to pay the price of disobedience.

  2. Raghad Hammoudi:

    An entire city with a glorious past and ancient history lost its heritage and culture: the tomb of the Prophet Jonah, the minaret of Al-Hadba which is older than Iraq itself. It is great that we were able to save a part of this heritage.

  3. Bruce Wells:

    My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation, ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, 'and the next thing that happened was...' The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as 'and it came to pass.' '' When phantom Bible passages turn dangerous People may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well. Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say. Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity. Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It's been downhill ever since. But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

  4. World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset:

    When I think of that amazing tournament in South Africa 20 years ago, I think of two people, off the field, I think of Nelson Mandela. On the field, I think of Jonah Lomu. Both men inspired millions around the world. Jonah Lomu will forever be a big part of rugby's story.

  5. World Rugby:

    Jonah's contribution to rugby cannot be overstated, he was the first superstar player and, through his sheer brilliance and love of the game, he brought much joy to the rugby family and took our sport to a new level of profile.

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