/dan"yeuhl/, n.1. Bible.a. a prophet living in Babylon during the Captivity.b. the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: Dan.2. Samuel, 1562-1619, English poet and historian: poet laureate 1599-1619.3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "the Lord is my judge."
* * *IOne of the Prophets of the Hebrew scriptures, the central figure in the book of Daniel.The book is a composite work, written partly in Hebrew and partly in Aramaic. The first six chapters tell of Daniel and his adventures in Babylon, including the stories of Daniel's delivery from the lion's den, the Jews in the fiery furnace, and the writing on the wall at Belshazzar's feast. The rest of the book offers apocalyptic visions of the end of history and the last judgment. Though it contains references to rulers of the 6th century BC, the book is thought to have been written in the 2nd century BC during the persecutions of the Jews under Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Daniel's upright character made him a model for a persecuted community.II(as used in expressions)Barenboim DanielBerrigan Daniel Joseph and Philip FrancisBoone DanielBurnham Daniel HudsonDaniel of GaliciaDe Leon DanielDefoe DanielDaniel FoeDrew DanielDulany DanielDuLhut Daniel Greysolon LordEhrlichman John DanielEmmett Daniel DecaturFahrenheit Daniel GabrielFrench Daniel ChesterGable Daniel MackGajdusek Daniel CarletonGuggenheim Meyer and DanielDavid Daniel KaminskiLeahy William DanielMacmillan Daniel and AlexanderMalan Daniel FrançoisMarino Daniel Constantine Jr.Mazia DanielMcFadden Daniel L.Moi Daniel Toroitich arapMorgan DanielMoynihan Daniel PatrickNathans DanielO'Connell DanielOrtega Saavedra José DanielPalmer Arnold DanielSchleiermacher Friedrich Ernst DanielTompkins Daniel D.Webster DanielWilliams Daniel HaleDaniel Nathan
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