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.

Freebase

  1. Hebrew Language

    Hebrew is a West Semitic language of the Afroasiatic language family. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Hebrew Israelites and their ancestors, although the language was not referred to by the name Hebrew in the Tanakh. The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date from the 10th century BCE, in the form of primitive drawings, although "the question of the language used in this inscription remained unanswered, making it impossible to prove whether it was in fact Hebrew or another local language". Hebrew had ceased to be an everyday spoken language somewhere between the first and fourth centuries CE and survived into the medieval period only as the language of Jewish liturgy and rabbinic literature. Then, in the 19th century, it was revived as a spoken and literary language, and, according to Ethnologue, is now the language of 9 million people worldwide, of whom 7 million are from Israel. The United States has the second largest Hebrew speaking population, with about 221,593 fluent speakers, mostly from Israel.


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