- a masculine name
- Bible a leader of the Israelites who, with Joshua, was permitted by God to enter the Promised Land: Num. 26:65; Deut. 1:36
Origin of CalebClassical Hebrew (language) k?l?b, literally , dog: hence, faithful
- 1800-79; U.S. diplomat: negotiated treaty (1845) opening Chin. ports to U.S. trade
- 1869-1939; U.S. neurosurgeon
From Hebrew כלב (kéleb, “dog”) (possibly referring to dogs’ unconditional devotion to their masters).