Definition of Delilah

1. Noun. (Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength.

Category relationships: Old Testament
Generic synonyms: Fancy Woman, Kept Woman, Mistress

2. Noun. A woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive.
Exact synonyms: Enchantress, Femme Fatale, Siren, Temptress
Generic synonyms: Adult Female, Woman

Definition of Delilah

1. n. The mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (Judges xvi.); hence, a harlot; a temptress.

Definition of Delilah

1. Proper noun. (biblical character) The mistress of Samson who betrays him to the Philistines. ¹

2. Proper noun. A beautiful, cunning and treacherous woman; a femme fatale. ¹

3. Proper noun. (Hebrew female given name) of biblical origin. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Delilah

Delhi belly
Delhi boil
Delhi sore
Delichon urbica
Delilah (current term)
Delivered At Frontier
Delivered Duty Paid
Delivered Duty Unpaid
Delivered Ex Quay
Delivered Ex Ship
Delmonico steak
Delmonico steaks
Delonix regia

Literary usage of Delilah

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings edited by John Denison Champlin, Charles Callahan Perkins (1887)
"Samson, betrayed by Delilah, who is escaping from the room with his locks in her hand, is insulted by the Philistines, who hold him prostrate. ..."

2. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"Delilah We have another Viceroy now ; those days are dead and done Of Delilah ... By reason of her marriage to a gentleman in power, Delilah was acquainted ..."

3. Trumps: A Novel by George William Curtis (1861)
"Who had come, who had gone, and how superb Mrs. Delilah Jones was, who had suddenly ... Don't forget the Grant in the arms of Delilah! Yours, Belch. ..."

4. A Guide to Modern Opera: Description & Interpretation of the Words & Music by Esther Singleton (1909)
"Delilah bids him defy this wrath; and, seeing that he is firm, exclaims that she ... Samson for a moment appeals to his God; but he follows Delilah, ..."

5. The Victrola Book of the Opera by Samuel Holland Rous, Victor Talking Machine Company (1919)
"SAMSON AND Delilah OPERA IN THREE ACTS Text by Ferdinand Lemaire; ... Cast of Characters Delilah Mezzo-Soprano SAMSON Tenor HIGH PRIEST OF DAGON Baritone ..."

6. The Victrola Book of the Opera: Stories of One Hundred and Twenty Operas by Samuel Holland Rous, Victor Talking Machine Company (1917)
"Delilah speaks to Samson and invites him to the valley where she dwells. ... As the young girls dance Delilah sings to Samson the lovely Song of Spring, ..."

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