- 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
Origin of EstherAfter Esther1.
Origin of EstherHebrew est&emacron;r, from Persian sitareh, star; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots, or Akkadian Ištar, Ishtar; see Ishtar.
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).