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Jacob

Ja′cob

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
Jacob
. See 2d
Jack
.]
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
.
And
Jacob
said . . . with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands.
Gen. xxxii. 9, 10.
Thy name shall be called no more
Jacob
, but Israel.
Gen. xxxii. 28.
Jacob’s ladder
.
(a)
(Bot.)
A perennial herb of the genus
Polemonium
(
Polemonium cœruleum), having corymbs of drooping flowers, usually blue. Gray
.
(b)
(Naut.)
A rope ladder, with wooden steps, for going aloft
.
R. H. Dana, Jr.
(c)
(Naut.)
A succession of short cracks in a defective spar.
Jacob's membrane
.
See
Retina
.
Jacob's staff
.
(a)
A name given to many forms of staff or weapon, especially in the Middle Ages; a pilgrim's staff
.
[Obs.]
Spenser.
(b)
(Surveying)
See under
Staff
.

Definition 2021


Jacob

Jacob

See also: Jâcob

English

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. One of the sons of Isaac and Rebecca, and twin brother of Esau; father of the Israelites.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Genesis 25:27:
      And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents
  2. A male given name.
    • 1927 Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises: Chapter III:
      "Georgette. How are you called?" "Jacob." "That's a Flemish name." "American too." "You're not a Flamand?" "No, American." "Good, I detest Flamands." - - -
      Brett smiled at him. "I've promised to dance this with Jacob," she laughed. "You've a **** of a biblical name, Jake."
  3. A breed of multihorned sheep.

Synonyms

  • (father of the Israelites): Israel

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Danish

Alternative forms

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Jacob and James.

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References

  • Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 25 930 males with the given name Jacob (compared to 22 417 named Jakob) have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Jacob ?

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Jacob and James.

Related terms

  • Jaap, Japie, Co, Coos, Cobus, Ko, Koos, Koosje, Kobus, Jeep, Japik, Kobbe, Sjimmie, Jim, Jimmy

French

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. Jacob (biblical figure)
  2. A male given name.

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German

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈjaːkɔp]
  • Hyphenation: Ja‧cob

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Jacob and James.

Related terms

  • Jakobchen, Köb, Köbes, Koeeb, Jäggi, Joggi

Norwegian

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. A male given name, a spelling variant of Jakob.

Portuguese

Proper noun

Jacob m

  1. Alternative form of Jacó

Spanish

Proper noun

Jacob m

  1. Jacob (biblical figure)
    • 1602La Santa Biblia (antigua versión de Casiodoro de Reina), rev., Génesis 25:27
      Y crecieron los niños, y Esaú fué diestro en la caza, hombre del campo: Jacob empero era varón quieto, que habitaba en tiendas.

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Swedish

Proper noun

Jacob

  1. A male given name, a spelling variant of Jakob.