• (America) IPA: /ˈd͡ʒɛ.si/
Proper noun
  1. (biblical character) The father of king David.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗:
      : 1 Samuel 17:12:
      Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons; and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.
    • 1882, Jesse James (folk song):
      Jesse James was a lad that killed many a man, / He robbed the Glendale train. / He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor, / He'd a hand and a heart and a brain.
  3. A female given name.
    • 1985 Alice Munro, The Progress of Love, Chatto&Windus 1987, ISBN 0701131616, page 166-167:
      We had decided to change the spelling of our names. Mine was to become Jesse instead of Jessie, and hers was to be Meribeth, not MaryBeth. We signed these names to the test papers we turned in at school.
      The teacher waved my paper in the air. "I can't give a mark to this person, because I don't know who this person is," she said. "Who is this Jesse?" She spelled the name out loud. "That is a boy's name. Does anybody here know a boy named Jesse?"
Related terms Translations
  • French: Isaï
  • German: Isai
  • Italian: Isai
  • Portuguese: Jessé
  • Russian: Иессе́й
  • Spanish: Isaí (Catholic versions) Jesé (Reina-Valera version)
  • Portuguese: Jessé

Jesse (plural Jesses)

  1. (architecture) A representation of the genealogy of Christ, in decorative art, such as a genealogical tree in stained glass or a branched candlestick.

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