Definition of Yahweh in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːweɪ/
(also Yahveh /ˈjɑːveɪ/)


A form of the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible. The name came to be regarded by Jews (circa 300 bc) as too sacred to be spoken, and the vowel sounds are uncertain.
Example sentences
  • In Exodus and Leviticus we read of how the attention of Yahweh is drawn towards those who sacrifice.
  • Moses ascends the mountain, talks with Yahweh, and comes back with clay tablets.
  • Yahweh goes on to remind Israel that the name it bears is Yahweh's name.


From Hebrew YHWH with added vowels; compare with Jehovah. See also Tetragrammaton.

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