Jesse

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἰεσσαί (Iessaí), from Hebrew יִשַׁי (Yishai)

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Proper noun[edit]

Jesse

  1. (biblical) The father of king David.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.
    • 1882 ?Billy Gashade: Jesse James (folk song):
      Jesse James was a lad that killed many a man, / He robbed the Glendale train. / He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor, / He'd a hand and a heart and a brain.
  3. A female given name, a variant of Jessie.
    • 1985 Alice Munro, The Progress of Love, Chatto&Windus 1987, ISBN 0701131616, page 166-167:
      We had decided to change the spelling of our names. Mine was to become Jesse instead of Jessie, and hers was to be Meribeth, not MaryBeth. We signed these names to the test papers we turned in at school.
      The teacher waved my paper in the air. "I can't give a mark to this person, because I don't know who this person is," she said. "Who is this Jesse?" She spelled the name out loud. "That is a boy's name. Does anybody here know a boy named Jesse?"

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Noun[edit]

Jesse (plural Jesses)

  1. (architecture) A representation of the genealogy of Christ, in decorative art, such as a genealogical tree in stained glass or a branched candlestick.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈjesːe/
  • Hyphenation: Jes‧se

Etymology 1[edit]

The Vulgate Latin name Iesse, Jesse was known in medieval Finland, but the modern revival of the name is much due to English Jesse.

Proper noun[edit]

Jesse

  1. A male given name, popular since the 1980s.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Finnish Jeesus.

Proper noun[edit]

Jesse

  1. (slang) Jesus.
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