- a feminine name: var. Hester
- the Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus: she saved her people from slaughter by Haman
- the Old Testament book telling her story: abbrev. Esth, Es, Est
Origin of EstherEcclesiastical Late Latin Esthera from Ecclesiastical Greek Esth?r from Classical Hebrew (language) ester, probably from Persian sitareh, star from Indo-European base an unverified form ster-, star
In the Bible, the Jewish queen of Persia who saved her people from massacre.
Origin of EstherHebrew estēr from Persian sitareh star ; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots. or Akkadian Ištar Ishtar ; see Ishtar .
Origin of EstherAfter Esther 1
Either from Old Persian [script?] (star-, “star”), or from Hebrew עשתר (Ishtar, “a Persian goddess”). Compare Middle Persian stl (star), stʾlk' (stārag), New Persian ستاره (setâre).