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[mir-ee-uh m] /ˈmɪr i əm/
the sister of Moses and Aaron. Num. 26:59.
a female given name, form of Mary. Unabridged
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  • He was on the other side of Miriam, and his unsavoury presence was nearer to her than I cared for.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Rachel wept to tell her the lack of news, but Miriam did not join in her tears.

  • But Miriam was silent, and refused to lift her face from the pattern of the plate over which she bent low.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • "Joseph, bethink thyself," pleaded Miriam, stricken to the heart.

  • So they let them examine to their hearts' content; and Miriam says the sympathy of all was extraordinary.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for Miriam


(Old Testament) the sister of Moses and Aaron. (Numbers 12:1–15) Douay name Mary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Miriam

fem. proper name, biblical sister of Moses and Aaron (Ex. xv:20), from Hebrew Miryam (see Mary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Miriam in the Bible

their rebellion. (1.) The sister of Moses and Aaron (Ex. 2:4-10; 1 Chr. 6:3). Her name is prominent in the history of the Exodus. She is called "the prophetess" (Ex. 15:20). She took the lead in the song of triumph after the passage of the Red Sea. She died at Kadesh during the second encampment at that place, toward the close of the wanderings in the wilderness, and was buried there (Num. 20:1). (See AARON ØT0000002; MOSES.) (2.) 1 Chr. 4:17, one of the descendants of Judah.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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