Pronunciation: (sam'yOO-ul), [key]
1. a judge and prophet of Israel. I Sam. 1–3; 8–15.
2. either of two books of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: I Sam., II Sam.
3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “name of God.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.