Definition of Ishmael in English:

Ishmael

Syllabification: Ish·ma·el
Pronunciation: /ˈiSHmēəl, -mā-
 
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(In the Bible) a son of Abraham, by his wife Sarah’s maid, Hagar, driven away with his mother after the birth of Sarah’s son Isaac (Gen. 16:12). Ishmael (or Ismail) is also important in Islamic belief as the traditional ancestor of Muhammad and of the Arab peoples.

Derivatives

Ishmaelite

noun
More example sentences
  • Apparently the only nations descended from Sarah and Abraham were the Hebrews, the Ishmaelites, the Midianites, and the Edomites.
  • Meanwhile, Joseph is taken by a caravan of Ishmaelites to Egypt, where he becomes a slave in the household of a nobleman named Potiphar.
  • Ask the Ishmaelites and the Chaldeans if they'd like to have 13 million descendants walking around instead of nobody.

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