• IPA: /ˈdeɪvɪd/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 1994 Caroline Knapp, The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays, Counterpoint Press 2004, ISBN 1582433135, page 169:
      David Copperfield. Dwight David Eisenhower. Michelangelo's David. None of these Davids would seem the same if their names were Dave. David, with its final "d", sounds finished and complete, whereas Dave just kind of hangs there in the air, indefinitely.
    • 2000 Anne Rice, Merrick, Ballantine Books (2001), ISBN 0-345-44395-0, page 157:
      Well, don't think I'll settle for so little, Mr. Talbot. Or should I call you David? I think you look like a David, you know, righteous and clean living and all of that.
  2. (biblical character) The second king of Judah and Israel, the successor of Saul in the Old Testament.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Samuel 23:1-2 ↗:
      David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
  3. Surname common in Wales, in honor of the ancient Saint David of Wales.
  4. (rare) A female given name, often combined with a feminine middle name (e.g. David Ann).
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