delilah


delilah

noun

  1. Samson’s mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16.
  2. a seductive and treacherous woman.
  3. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “delicate.”

noun

  1. Samson’s Philistine mistress, who deprived him of his strength by cutting off his hair (Judges 16:4–22)
  2. a voluptuous and treacherous woman; temptress

“temptress, treacherous lover,” 1590s, from the name of the woman who seduced and betrayed Samson in Judges, from Hebrew Delilah, literally “delicate, languishing, amorous,” from Semitic root d-l-l “to hang down, to languish.”

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