Orig: of foreign derivation; Mordecai, an Israelite:--Mordecai.
Use: Proper Name Masculine
Mordecai = "little man" or "worshipper of Mars"
1) cousin and adoptive father of queen Esther; son of Jair of the tribe of Benjamin; deliverer under Divine providence of the children of Israel from the destruction plotted by Haman the chief minister of Ahasuerus; institutor of the feast of Purim
2) a Jew who returned from exile with Zerubbabel