from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A satellite of Uranus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology, an Arabian gazel, Gazella dama.
  • noun [lowercase] An altar. See etymology and quotation.
  • noun The innermost of the satellites of Uranus, discovered by Lassell in 1851. It revolves about its primary in 2½ days.
  • noun [lowercase] In ornithology, applied to sundry birds of buoyant airy flight: as, the ariel swallow, Chelidon ariel; the ariel petrel, Procellaria ariel; the ariel toucan, Rhamphastos ariel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In the Cabala, a water spirit; in later folklore, a light and graceful spirit of the air.
  • A variety of the gazelle (Antilope dorcas, or Gazella, dorcas), found in Arabia and adjacent countries.
  • A squirrel-like Australian marsupial, a species of Petaurus.
  • A beautiful Brazilian toucan Ramphastos ariel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun biblical A name for the city of Jerusalem.
  • proper noun A male given name, also ascribed to spirits and angels in English literature.
  • proper noun A female given name, used mainly since the 1980s.
  • proper noun Name of the twelfth and brightest moon of the planet Uranus.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Ariel, a sylph that guards the heroine of The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope.]

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From Biblical Hebrew, meaning "lion of God".


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