Meaning of Tetragrammaton in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛtrəˈɡramətɒn/


  • The Hebrew name of God transliterated in four letters as YHWH or JHVH and articulated as Yahweh or Jehovah.

    ‘The most frequently used names in the Bible are the Tetragrammaton, and Elohim.’
    • ‘In the Cabala, the Quaternical system is the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God, commonly pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah.’
    • ‘Twenty-six is the numerical value of the letters of the sacred name of God in Hebrew, of the Tetragrammaton.’
    • ‘At the heart of the theological inflection is the Tetragrammaton, the four-lettered name that consists of the Hebrew consonants yod, he, waw, and he.’
    • ‘Similarly, it is customary to write Yehudah with an aleph rather than a final hey, lest one accidentally leave out the letter dalet and write the Tetragrammaton.’


Greek, neuter of tetragrammatos ‘having four letters’, from tetra- ‘four’ + gramma, grammat- ‘letter’.