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See also: ira, Irã, IRA, irá, -irà, īra, and īrā


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Etymology 1[edit]

From a Hebrew name עִירָא ‎('ira), from a word meaning "watchful".


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A captain of King David, a minor figure in the Bible mentioned in 2 Samuel 20:26.
  2. A male given name, mostly of American usage.
    • 2011 Ali Smith, There but for the, Hamish Hamilton, ISBN 9780241143407, pages 140-141:
      So is Ira Gershwin something to do with the more famous George Gershwin? Caroline says.
      She was his wife, wasn't she? Jen says coming in with plates balanced on her arm.
      He was his brother, Mark says. It comes into his head how much Faye loved songs. He had quite forgotten how much.
      It does sound like a girl's name, though, doesn't it? Caroline is saying.
      There's no way I'd ever call a daughter that, Hannah says.
  3. A town in New York.
  4. A town in Vermont.

Etymology 2[edit]

Russian and Czech diminutive of the cognates of Irene.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name