Definitions for galileanˌgæl əˈli ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Galilean, Galilaean(noun)

    an inhabitant of Galilee (an epithet of Jesus Christ)

  2. Galilean satellite, Galilean(adj)

    one of the four satellites of Jupiter that were discovered by Galileo

  3. Galilean(adj)

    of or relating to Galileo or his works

  4. Galilean, Galilaean(adj)

    of or relating to Galilee or its inhabitants


  1. Galilean(Noun)

    a native or resident of Galilee).

  2. Galilean(Noun)

    a Christian (sometimes contemptuous).

  3. Galilean(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to Galilee, or a native or inhabitant thereof.

  4. Galilean(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to the philosopher Galileo Galilei.

  5. Galilean(ProperNoun)

    Jesus Christ.

  6. Origin: * Originated 1605–15 from Latin Galilaea, from Galilee+-an.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Galilean(adj)

    of or pertaining to Galileo; as, the Galilean telescope. See Telescope

  2. Galilean(adj)

    of or relating to Galilee

  3. Galilean(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Galilee, the northern province of Palestine under the Romans

  4. Galilean(noun)

    one of the party among the Jews, who opposed the payment of tribute to the Romans; -- called also Gaulonite

  5. Galilean(noun)

    a Christian in general; -- used as a term of reproach by Mohammedans and Pagans

  6. Origin: [L. Galilaeus, fr. Galilaea Galilee, Gr. : cf. F. galilen.]


  1. Galilean

    Generically, a Galilean is an inhabitant of Galilee. Galileans were also the members of a fanatical sect, followers of Judas of Galilee, who fiercely resented the taxation of the Romans, and whose violence contributed to induce the latter to vow the extermination of the whole race. The term was used by late antique pagan reactionaries such as the Emperor Julian as a contemptuous synonym for Christian.


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