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Sal \Sal\ (s[add]l), n. [Hind. s[=a]l, Skr. [,c][=a]la.] (Bot.) An East Indian timber tree ( Shorea robusta), much used for building purposes. It is of a light brown color, close-grained, heavy, and durable. [Written also saul.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, Biblical first king of Israel, from Latin Saul, from Hebrew Shaul, literally "asked for," passive participle of sha'al "he asked for."


n. 1 (alternative form of sal nodot=yes English) (the tree) 2 (obsolete form of soul English)


Saul (; ; ; , Ṭālūt or , Shā'ūl) was the first king of Kingdom of Israel (united monarchy) His reign, traditionally placed in the late 11th century BCE, would have marked a switch from a tribal society to statehood. Anointed by the prophet Samuel in response to Israel's demand for a king, he lost favor with God because of his disobedience to God's commands. He fell on his sword (committed suicide) to avoid capture at the battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa, but already God had selected David as the true king of Israel.

Saul (disambiguation)

Saul, according to the Bible, is first king of the united Kingdom of Israel and Judah.

Saul may also refer to:


Saül is a commune of French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America.

It is very remote, surrounded by dense rainforest and, because there are no roads to the town, can only be reached by airplane.

The principal activities in the town are gold mining and trekking through the many rainforest trails. There is a tourist camp (Larozaly) and hotel (Les Eaux Claires) in the town.

Saul (Edomite king)

Saul was a king of Edom mentioned in the Bible, in Genesis 36:31-43. He succeeded Samlah of Masrekah in the apparently elective kingship of the early Edomites. He is described as being from " Rehoboth on the River". He was succeeded by Baal-hanan ben Achbor.

The dates and other details of his reign are unknown, as he is not mentioned in any other surviving source.

Saul (Handel)

Saul ( HWV 53) is a dramatic oratorio in three acts written by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Charles Jennens. Taken from the First Book of Samuel, the story of Saul focuses on the first king of Israel's relationship with his eventual successor, David; one which turns from admiration to envy and hatred, ultimately leading to the downfall of the eponymous monarch. The work, which Handel composed in 1738, includes the famous "Dead March", a funeral anthem for Saul and his son Jonathan, and some of the composer's most dramatic choral pieces. Saul was first performed at the King's Theatre in London on 16 January 1739. The work was a success at its London premiere and was revived by Handel in subsequent seasons. Notable modern-day performances of Saul include that at Glyndebourne (United Kingdom) in 2015.

Saul (comics)

Saul (real name Garbha-hsien) is a fictional character in Marvel Comics. His first appearance was in X-Force #10. He is both a mutant and one of the Externals.

Saul (Alfieri)

Saul is a theatrical tragedy in five acts, written by Vittorio Alfieri in 1782, in which the eponymous protagonist simultaneously embodies the tragic heroism of both tyrant and victim. This play marks the high point of Italian tragedy and pre-romantic poetry.

Category:1782 plays Category:Italian plays

Saul (given name)

Saul is a masculine given name of Hebrew origin (Shaul), meaning "ask/question".

People named Saul include:

  • Saul Adadi (1850-1918), Sephardic Hakham and rosh yeshiva in the Tripoli Jewish community
  • Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), American liberal political activist
  • Saúl Álvarez (born 1990), Mexican professional boxer, WBC middleweight champion
  • Saúl Armendáriz (born 1970), Mexican professional wrestler under the ring name Cassandro
  • Saul Bass (1920-1996), film graphic designer
  • Saul Bellow (1915-2005), Canadian author and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize
  • Saúl Berjón (born 1986), Spanish footballer known as Saúl
  • Saul Chaplin (1912–1997), American composer and musical director, three-time Oscar winner
  • Saúl Craviotto (born 1984), Spanish sprint canoer, Olympic and world champion
  • Saúl Fernández García (born 1985), Spanish footballer
  • Slash (musician), British-American musician Saul Hudson, ex-guitarist of Guns N' Roses
  • Saul Katz (born 1939), President of the New York Mets Major League Baseball team
  • Saul Kripke (born 1940), American philosopher and logician
  • Saul Landau (1936-2013), American scholar, author, commentator and filmmaker
  • Saul Leiter (1923-2013), American photographer, early user of color photography in fine art
  • Saul Milton, British musician, member of Chase & Status
  • Saul Levi Morteira (c. 1596-1660), Dutch rabbi
  • Saúl Ñíguez (born 1994), Spanish footballer playing for Atlético Madrid
  • Saúl Ongaro, Argentine footballer from the 1930s to the 1950s
  • Saúl Phillips (born 1984), Costa Rican footballer
  • Saul Phillips (basketball) (born 1972), American college basketball head coach and former player
  • Saul Raisin (born 1983), professional road bicycle racer
  • Saul Rogovin (1923-1995), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Saul Rubinek (born 1948), German-born Canadian actor and director
  • Saul Shapiro, American known for public policy development on digital broadcast
  • Saul Steinberg (1914-1999), Romanian-born American cartoonist and illustrator
  • Saul Steinberg (businessman) (1939-2012), American businessman and financier
  • Saúl Suárez, Colombian football manager in the 1990s
  • Saul Teukolsky (born 1947), South African theoretical astrophysicist and professor
  • Saul Winstein (1912-1969), Canadian chemist
  • Saul Williams (born 1972), American rapper, poet, actor and musician
  • Saul Zaentz (1921-2014), American film producer and owner of Fantasy Records
Saul (surname)

Saul is the surname of:

  • Andrew Saul (born 1946), Chairman of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • April Saul (born 1955), American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Bill Saul (1940-2006), American National Football League player
  • Frank Saul (basketball) (born 1924), American former National Basketball Association player
  • Frank Saul (footballer) (born 1943), English former footballer
  • John Saul (disambiguation)
  • Nigel Saul (born 1952), British historian
  • Oscar Saul (1912-1994), American screenwriter
  • Peter Saul (born 1934), American painter
  • Rich Saul (1948-2012), American National Football League player, twin brother of Ron Saul
  • Richard Saul (1891-1965), Irish air marshal
  • Ron Saul (1948-2012), American National Football League player, twin brother of Rich Saul

Usage examples of "saul".

But the dark Ammonite returned to the mat of lionskin, her hair a garish tumult about her shoulders, and gazed at Saul with lovelorn eyes.

Saul walked out from the top of a dune on to the surface of an aqueduct that rose twenty-five feet above the sand and stretched for miles towards the cluster of ruins and new buildings near the sea.

After the cheese and fruit dessert, Natalie wanted to visit the aqueduct and take their coffee with them so Saul filled the steel Thermos while she went to her room and got a thick sweater from her suitcase.

For a second, Clift looked wounded, but then Saul came back, with his nasty grin.

March 6th, Barnabas Saul cam this day agayn abowt one of the clok and went to London the same afternone.

Tom Maschler, Peter Foges, Piers and Emily Read, John Gross, Christopher Hitchens, James Fox, Zachary Leader, Clive James, Joseph Boothby, Sholom Globerman, Ian McEwan, Saul and Janis Bellow, Edmund and Natalia Faw-cett, Jonathan Wilson, Michael Pietsch, and David Papineau.

As it did not, the fates had served me best If in the thick and thunder of to-day, Like Nelson, Harold, Hector, Cyrus, Saul, I had been shifted from this jail of flesh, To wander as a greatened ghost elsewhere.

For Saul, the wrongness of the world had always been obvious, but for me, still at heart a guildsman and forever puzzled at the way things were never quite how they should be, explanations chalked on a bondhouse roof would never be enough.

Saul whistles a klezmer tune between snapping pictures with film that has been in his camera since the Iranian hostage crisis.

The film company driver, his name was Saul, was slowing to stop in front of the Galadari Meridien when the engine died.

While Saul has ample access to drugs and female undergrads in his capacity as sexual and psychoactive guide to the student body, the role has begun to wear thin.

Saul swallowed painfully, watching Eliot leave through the back, listening to the echo of the door snicking shut.

Saul Panzer would have made it ten more than that, but Saul is the best tailer alive.

Saul pulled down his turtleneck sweater and stepped from the car, tugging on his sportcoat.

Into the swamp he goes tonight, with Tunk Bixby and the other four fools who opposed Saul Stark.