From Biblical Hebrew, possibly from a Phoenician, or a shortened form of Hebrew [script needed] ‎(Ahiram, brother of the exalted).

Proper nounEdit


  1. A king of Tyre. (biblical character)
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Kings-Chapter-5/#1 1 Kings 5:1::
      And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
  2. A male given name, taken into use by Puritans in the seventeenth century.
    • 1994 Sharyn McCrumb, She Walks These Hills, Scribner's, ISBN 0684195569, page 8:
      Harm. It wasn't even a nickname. It was just the way folks had always pronounced his first name Hiram, in mountain dialect, a long "i" sound blending the two syllables into an aspirated breath.

Related termsEdit

  • Hi (pet form)



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