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From Hebrew אליהו (Eliyahu, My God is Yahweh). Doublet of Ilya. Compare Joel. See also Arabic إلياس.

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  1. (religion) An Israelite prophet in the Abrahamic religions.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Malachi 4:5–6:
      Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
  2. A male given name from Hebrew.
    • 2005, Valerie Paradiz, Elijah's Cup, →ISBN, page 102:
      "That's wonderful! What's his name?"
      "Wow! A heavy-duty prophet's name!"
      "Yeah, and he's certainly living up to it."
  3. A female given name from Hebrew, of chiefly Philippine usage.

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  • Hawaiian: ʻElia
  • Maori: Irāia

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