(in the Bible) a son of Saul, noted for his friendship with David (1 Sam. 18–20, 2 Sam. 1) and killed at the battle of Mount Gilboa (1 Sam. 31).
A cooking apple of a red-skinned variety first grown in the US.
- ‘Now we grow Newtown Pippins, Baldwins, Golden Russets, and Jonathans, all derived from the small, bitter, wild apples that originated in Kazakhstan.’
- ‘Virginia Jonathan apples are the first red apples available in the fall.’
Mid 19th century: named after Jonathan Hasbrouk (died 1846), American lawyer.