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1 United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948) [syn: Babe Ruth, George Herman Ruth, Sultan of Swat]
2 the great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
3 a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity" [syn: commiseration, pity, pathos]
4 a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died [syn: Book of Ruth]

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From Ruth the Moabite, of uncertain origin, possibly Hebrew "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth by Puritans.

Proper noun

  1. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  2. Ruth the Moabite, around whom the text centers.
  3. A given name, rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Puritans .


  • : Ruth 1:16:
    And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.


book of the Bible
female given name
  • Czech: Rút
  • Danish: Ruth
  • Finnish: Ruut
  • German: Ruth
  • Hebrew: רוּת (root)
  • Norwegian: Ruth, Rut
  • Swedish: Rut, Ruth


Proper noun

  1. Ruth.
  2. A given name.


Proper noun

  1. The eighth book of the Bible.


Proper noun

  1. Ruth.
  2. A given name.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, the usual modern spelling of Rut.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, an alternative spelling of Rut.

Extensive Definition

Ruth (Hebrew: רות rut) is a common female given name, from Ruth the Moabite in the Book of Ruth, possibly from the Hebrew for "companion". Ruth can also refer to:



Known by their given name


Fictional characters



Ruth in German: Ruth
Ruth in French: Ruth
Ruth in Dutch: Ruth
Ruth in Japanese: ルース
Ruth in Polish: Ruta
Ruth in Slovak: Rút
Ruth in Volapük: Ruth

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