- Ruth is defined as sorrow, pity or grief, or is a first name for a woman.
- An example of ruth is the compassion you feel for an injured friend.
- An example of Ruth is the first name of the famous American actress Ruth Clifford.
ruth definition by Webster's New World
- pity; compassion
- sorrow; grief; remorse
Origin: Middle English reuthe ; from reowen: see rue
- a feminine name
- a Moabite widow deeply devoted to her mother-in-law, Naomi, for whom she left her own people to later become the wife of Boaz of Bethlehem
- the book that tells her story: abbrev. Rt or Ru
Origin: Ecclesiastical Late Latin ; from Classical Hebrew (language) rut, probably contr. ; from re'ut, companion
ruth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Compassion or pity for another.
- Sorrow or misery about one's own misdeeds or flaws.
Origin: Middle English ruthe, from Old Norse hrygdh (influenced by Old English hrēow, sorrow, regret).
Origin: Hebrew or Moabite Rût; see rwy in Semitic roots.
noun Abbr. Rt or Ru
Origin: After Ruth.
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ruth - Cultural Definition
The great-grandmother of King David, known for her kindness and faithfulness. Not an Israelite herself, she married an Israelite who had come to her country with his family. Ruth's husband died, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, set out to return to the country of the Israelites. Ruth insisted on accompanying Naomi, saying, “ Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” In the country of the Israelites, Ruth married Boaz, a rich relative of her dead husband; Boaz had been attracted to Ruth by her generosity. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.