Etymology
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Esther

fem. proper name, Old Testament wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, from Greek Esther, from Hebrew Ester, from Persian sitareh "star," related to Avestan star- (from PIE root *ster- (2) "star"), or perhaps of Semitic origin.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of Esther from WordNet

Esther (n.)
(Old Testament) a beautiful Jewess chosen by the king of Persia to be his queen; she stopped a plot to massacre all the Jews in Persia (an event celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim);
Esther (n.)
an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre;
Synonyms: Book of Esther
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