Share this entry

Share this page

Tetragrammaton

Line breaks: Tetra|gram¦ma|ton
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛtrəˈɡramətɒn
 
/

Definition of Tetragrammaton in English:

noun

The Hebrew name of God transliterated in four letters as YHWH or JHVH and articulated as Yahweh or Jehovah.
Example sentences
  • The most frequently used names in the Bible are the Tetragrammaton, and Elohim.
  • In the Cabala, the Quaternical system is the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God, commonly pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah.
  • Twenty-six is the numerical value of the letters of the sacred name of God in Hebrew, of the Tetragrammaton.

Origin

Greek, neuter of tetragrammatos 'having four letters', from tetra- 'four' + gramma, grammat- 'letter'.

Definition of Tetragrammaton in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…