Definition of Matthew

1. Noun. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel.

2. Noun. One of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount.
Exact synonyms: Gospel According To Matthew
Generic synonyms: Book, Evangel, Gospel, Gospels
Group relationships: New Testament

Definition of Matthew

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

2. Proper noun. (surname patronymic from=given names) ¹

3. Proper noun. (biblical character) Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve disciples. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew. ¹

4. Proper noun. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Matthew, the first book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the first of the four gospels, a book attributed to Matthew the Evangelist. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Matthew

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Matteuccia struthiopteris
Matthew (current term)
Matthew Arnold
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Matthew Flinders
Matthew Walker
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Matthew principle
Matthias Schleiden
Matthiola incana

Literary usage of Matthew

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"wrote a commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew.—We find in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs—drawn up, according to some critics, about the middle of ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"It is probable that the Gospel used by the Nazarenes was that by Matthew, ... But as a sure witness to the original Hebrew Matthew the Gospel of the Hebrews ..."

3. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1905)
"Letters of Matthew Arnold, 1848-1888. Collected and arranged by George WE Russell. ... Matthew Arnold, and his Relation to the Thought of our Time. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Matthew, George Frederick, Canadian Matthew, Gospel According to. The Gospel with which the name of Matthew has uniformly been associated has with almost ..."

5. Representative American Plays by Arthur Hobson Quinn (1917)
"Matthew. (Piously sure that everything is for the best. ... (Matthew shakes his head.) I 've a great mind to throw the reins on nature's neck. ..."

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