An example of a jezebel is the character Anna Karenina, who betrays her husband by having an affair.
- Bible the wicked woman who married Ahab, king of Israel: 1 Kings 21:5-23; 2 Kings 9:30-37
- any woman regarded as wicked, shameless, licentious, etc.
Origin of JezebelClassical Hebrew (language) '?zebhel
fl. ninth century BC.
Origin of jezebelAfter Jezebel.
- Alternative form of Jezebel.
- (biblical) The Phoenician princess and Queen of Ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament (1 Kings). She incited heresy and lured the Jews away from their God and back to idols. Jezebel was finally deposed by Jehu, who confronted her and had her thrown from the palace window to the streets, where her body was eaten by wild dogs.
From Hebrew אִיזֶבֶל ('izével).