Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Chief, principal, father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application

Hebrew: אָב, ʾāb (H1)

1,059 King James Bible Verses


Here are chief, father, patrimony, principal and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word אָב mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: H1

Hebrew Base Word: אָב

Part of speech: Noun Masculine

Usage: Chief, (fore-)father(-less), × patrimony, principal

Definition: Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application.

Detailed definition:

  1. Father of an individual.
  2. Of God as father of his people.
  3. Head or founder of a household, group, family, or clan.
  4. Ancestor.
    1. Grandfather, forefathers (of a person).
    2. Of people.
  5. Originator or patron of a class, profession, or art.
  6. Of producer, generator (figuratively).
  7. Of benevolence and protection (figuratively).
  8. Term of respect and honor.
  9. Ruler or chief (specifically).

Derived terms: A primitive word.

Comments: Compare names in 'Abi-'.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ʔɔːb
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ʔɑːv
  3. Transliteration: ʾāb
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: awb
  5. Modern Pronunciation: av

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