Tetragrammaton


Tetragrammaton
/te'treuh gram"euh ton'/, n.
the Hebrew word for God, consisting of the four letters yod, he, vav, and he, transliterated consonantally usually as YHVH, now pronounced as Adonai or Elohim in substitution for the original pronunciation forbidden since the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Cf. Yahweh.
[1350-1400; ME < Gk tetragrámmaton, n. use of neut. of tetragrámmatos having four letters, equiv. to tetra- TETRA- + grammat- (s. of grámma) letter + -os adj. suffix]

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(Greek; "having four letters")

Four Hebrew consonants yod, he, vav, and he
variously transliterated as JHVH, JHWH, YHWH, or YHVH
that together represent the name of God.

Traditionally the tetragrammaton is not pronounced; Jehovah and Yahweh are two vocalizations of it.

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      the four Hebrew letters, YHWH, in the name of God. See Yahweh.

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