Definitions for Hebrewˈhi bru

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

He•brewˈhi bru(n.)

  1. a member of any of a group of Semitic peoples who inhabited ancient Palestine and claimed descent from the Biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the Semitic language of the ancient Hebrews, retained as the liturgical and scholarly language of Judaism and revived as a vernacular in the 20th century.

    Category: Peoples

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to the Hebrews or their language in its ancient or modern forms:

    the Hebrew alphabet.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of Hebrew:

bef. 1000; OE Ebrēas (pl.) < ML Ebrēī; ME Hebreu, var. (with H- < L) of Ebreu < OF < ML Ebrēus, for L Hebraeus < LGk Hebraîos < Aramaic ‘Ibhraij

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hebrew(noun)

    the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel

  2. Jew, Hebrew, Israelite(adj)

    a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

  3. Hebraic, Hebraical, Hebrew(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of the Hebrews

    "the old Hebrew prophets"

  4. Hebraic, Hebraical, Hebrew(adj)

    of or relating to the language of the Hebrews

    "Hebrew vowels"

Wiktionary

  1. Hebrew(Noun)

    A member or descendant of a Semitic people claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  2. Hebrew(Noun)

    A descendant of the biblical Patriarch Eber.

  3. Hebrew(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Hebrew people or language.

  4. Hebrew(ProperNoun)

    The Semitic language spoken by the Hebrew people.

  5. Hebrew(ProperNoun)

    The writing system used in Hebrew language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hebrew(noun)

    an appellative of Abraham or of one of his descendants, esp. in the line of Jacob; an Israelite; a Jew

  2. Hebrew(noun)

    the language of the Hebrews; -- one of the Semitic family of languages

  3. Hebrew(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Hebrews; as, the Hebrew language or rites

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hebrew

    a Semitic language, the ancient language of the Jews, and that in which the Old Testament is written, the words of which, as indeed of others of the same stock, are derived from triliteral roots, and the verb in which has no present tense, only a past and a future, convertible, moreover, into one another.

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