Matthew

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From earlier Matheu, from Old French Mathieu, from Latin Matthaeus, from Ancient Greek Ματθαῖος (Matthaîos), from Hebrew מַתִּתְיָהוּ(mattiṯyāhū, literally gift of the Lord).

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  • enPR: măthʹ-yo͞o, IPA(key): /ˈmæθjuː/
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Matthew (plural Matthews)

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  1. A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.
    • 1771 Tobias George Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, Harper&Brothers 1836, page 231:
      - - - My name is Matthew Bramble, at your service. The truth is, I have a foolish pique at the name of Matthew, because it savours of those canting hypocrites, who in Cromwell's time, christened all their children by names taken from the Scripture."
    • 1979 Charles Kuralt, Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, →ISBN, page 184:
      People with incorruptible names like Matthew are always calling people named Charles, Charlie. I wish my folks had named me Matthew. Matt is the worst that can be made of it.
  2. A patronymic surname, from given names​.
  3. Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve Apostles. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew.
    Synonym: Levi
  4. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Matthew, the first book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the first of the four gospels, a book attributed to Matthew the Evangelist.

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