Jonah: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: ( jō'nu), [key]
— n.
  1. a Minor Prophet who, for his impiety, was thrown overboard from his ship and swallowed by a large fish, remaining in its belly for three days before being cast up onto the shore unharmed.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
  3. any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
  4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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