Tetragrammaton Definition

The four consonants of the ancient Hebrew name for God (variously transliterated JHVH, IHVH, JHWH, YHVH, YHWH), that was considered too sacred to be spoken aloud: the word Adonai (Lord) is substituted for this name when spoken by Orthodox Jews, and the vowels of Adonai or Elohim (God) are inserted in Hebrew texts, thus prompting the modern reconstructions Yahweh, Jehovah, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Tetragrammaton

  • Middle English Tetragramaton from Greek tetragrammaton four-letter word from neuter of tetragrammatos four-lettered tetra- tetra- gramma grammat- letter gerbh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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