< /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”


  1. Old Testament
    1. a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land
    2. the book in which his adventures are recounted
  2. a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx

masc. proper name, from Late Latin Jonas, from Greek Ionas, from Hebrew yonah “dove, pigeon” (cf. Jonah).

masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Yonah, literally “dove, pigeon.”

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