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Meaning of DELILAH

Pronunciation:  di'lIlu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
  2. [n]  (Old Testament) Samson's Philistine mistress who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength

DELILAH is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: enchantress, femme fatale, siren, temptress
 See Also: adult female, fancy woman, kept woman, mistress, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*li"lah\, n.
The mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (--Judges xvi.);
hence, a harlot; a temptress.

      Other Delilahs on a smaller scale Burns met with during
      his Dumfries sojourn.                    --J. C.

Easton Bible Dictionary

languishing, a Philistine woman who dwelt in the valley of Sorek (Judg. 16:4-20). She was bribed by the "lords of the Philistines" to obtain from Samson the secret of his strength and the means of overcoming it (Judg. 16:4-18). She tried on three occasions to obtain from him this secret in vain. On the fourth occasion she wrung it from him. She made him sleep upon her knees, and then called the man who was waiting to help her; who "cut off the seven locks of his head," and so his "strength went from him." (See SAMSON.)

 Definition:  poor; small; head of hair
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