meaning of Abigail

Abigail meaning in General Dictionary

A ladys waiting maid

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  • A lady's waiting-maid.

Abigail meaning in Names Dictionary

Father rejoiced, or dad's pleasure. Provides delight. The intelligent, stunning Abigail was Old Testament King David's third partner, described as 'good in discretion and breathtaking in kind.' When you look at the 1916 have fun with the Scornful woman, Abigail had been a lady's housemaid.
Name Origin: Hebrew
Name Gender: Female

Abigail meaning in Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, in Old-Testament, Abigail the Carmelitess, a wife of David, from Hebrew Abhigayil, virtually "my dad is rejoicing," from abh "father" + gil "to celebrate." Used in basic feeling of "lady's maid" (1660s) from personality of the name in Beaumont & Fletcher's "The Scornful Lady." The waiting maid association perhaps starts with I Sam. xxv, where David's spouse usually calls herself a "handmaid." The woman male equivalent was Andrew.

Abigail meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A lady's waiting-maid.

Sentence Examples with the word Abigail

His mother, Abigail Hussey, whom the poet strongly resembled, was of good stock.

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