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dɪˈlaɪ lədelilah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Delilahnoun

    (Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength

  2. enchantress, temptress, siren, Delilah, femme fatalenoun

    a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive


  1. Delilahnoun

    The mistress of Samson who betrays him to the Philistines.

  2. Delilahnoun

    A beautiful, cunning and treacherous woman; a femme fatale.

    Though she is something of a Delilah, she is still considered the heroine of the novel.

  3. Delilahnoun

    of biblical origin.

  4. Etymology: Of uncertain origin, often defined as meaning "delightful, seductive".


  1. Delilah

    Delilah ( dil-EYE-lə; Hebrew: דְּלִילָה, romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning "delicate"; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá) is a woman mentioned in the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible. She is loved by Samson, a Nazirite who possesses great strength and serves as the final Judge of Israel. Delilah is bribed by the lords of the Philistines to discover the source of his strength. After three failed attempts at doing so, she finally goads Samson into telling her that his vigor is derived from his hair. As he sleeps, Delilah orders a servant to cut Samson's hair, thereby enabling her to turn him over to the Philistines. Delilah has been the subject of both rabbinic and Christian commentary; rabbinic literature identifies her with Micah's mother in the biblical narrative of Micah's Idol, while some Christians have compared her to Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus. Scholars have noted similarities between Delilah and other women in the Bible, such as Jael and Judith, and have discussed the question of whether the story of Samson's relationship with Delilah displays a negative attitude towards foreigners.


  1. delilah

    Delilah is a name of Hebrew origin, meaning "delicate" or "weak." It is most known from the biblical story of Samson and Delilah in the Book of Judges. In this story, Delilah is a woman who is bribed into discovering the secret of Samson's strength and betrays him to his enemies. Thus, it can also be a term used to describe a treacherous or dangerously seductive woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delilahnoun

    the mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (Judges xvi.); hence, a harlot; a temptress


  1. Delilah

    Delilah appears only in the Hebrew bible Book of Judges 16, where she is the "woman in the valley of Sorek" whom Samson loved, and who was his downfall. Her figure, one of several dangerous temptresses in the Hebrew bible, has become emblematic: "Samson loved Delilah, she betrayed him, and, what is worse, she did it for money". Madlyn Kahr begins her study of the Delilah motif in European painting. The story of Samson in Judges 13-16 portrays a man who was given great strength by God but who ultimately lost his strength through Delilah inviting someone to shave his hair while he slept. Samson was born into an Israelite family, the son of Manoah and his wife who is never named. Both are visited by the Angel of the Lord and told that their child will be a Nazirite from birth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delilah

    dē-lī′la, n. the Philistine woman who befooled Samson: a courtesan who seduces a man to betray secrets: a light woman, strumpet.—Also Dalī′la.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Delilah

    the Philistine woman who beguiled and betrayed Samson.

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  1. Delilah

    Friend of Samson and quite a dip. She also accompanied Samson on a number of European and American opera expeditions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delilah in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delilah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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