Definition of Adam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadəm/
(In the biblical and Koranic traditions) the first man. According to the Book of Genesis, Adam was created by God as the progenitor of the human race and lived with Eve in the Garden of Eden.


not know someone from Adam

Not know or be completely unable to recognize the person in question.
Example sentences
  • There's nothing more transparent than a politician smiling and greeting you like a long lost friend when you know well he doesn't know you from Adam.
  • If you bank in the high street the person behind the counter doesn't know you from Adam.
  • And despite the fact that he doesn't know me from Adam, he is prepared to trust me with all that money.


From Hebrew ῾ādām 'man', later taken to be a name.

Words that rhyme with Adam

macadam, madam, Madame

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Syllabification: Ad·am

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