Michael
Pronunciation
  • enPR: mīʹkəl, IPA: /ˈmaɪkəl/, [ˈmɐɪ.kʰɫ̩]
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 1629, Thomas Adams, Meditations upon Creed, The Works of Thomas Adams, James Nichol (1862), volume 3, page 212:
      Yea, it seems to me not fit for Christian humility to call a man Gabriel or Michael, giving the names of angels to the sons of mortality.
    • 2008, Philip Hensher, The Northern Clemency, Harpercollins, ISBN 9780007174799, page 498:
      He works in the steelworks, the boyfriend, on the factory floor. I'd say that was quite unusual, he's called Michael. Insists on that, he does, not being called Mike or Micky or Mick, pretends not to hear you, then, "No, my name's actually Michael."
  2. (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) An archangel associated with defending the faithful in the tribulation.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Daniel 12:1 ↗:
      And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince that standeth for the children of thy people.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Revelation 12:7 ↗:
      And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon.
    Synonyms: Provost of Heaven, Provost of Paradise, Saint Michael
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