Etymology
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Gabriel

masc. proper name, also name of an Old Testament angel, from Hebrew Gabhri el, literally "man of God," from gebher "man" + El "God." First element is from base of verb gabhar "was strong" (compare Arabic jabr "strong, young man;" jabbar "tyrant"). Gabriel's hounds (17c.) was a folk explanation for the cacophony of wild geese flying over, hidden by clouds or night.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of Gabriel from WordNet

Gabriel (n.)
(Bible) the archangel who was the messenger of God;
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