What does joseph mean?

Definitions for josephˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səf

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Joseph, Chief Joseph(noun)

    leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)

  2. Joseph(noun)

    (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt

  3. Joseph(noun)

    (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus


  1. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.

  2. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    The husband of Virgin Mary in the New Testament.

  3. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    ; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.

  4. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    , popular as a middle name.

  5. joseph(Noun)

    A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.

  6. Origin: Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Joseph(noun)

    an outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front


  1. Joseph

    Joseph is an important person in the Hebrew Bible and in the Quran, where he connects the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Canaan to the subsequent story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The Book of Genesis tells that Joseph was the 11th of Jacob's 12 sons and Rachel's firstborn, and tells how Joseph came to be sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and rose to become the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. When famine struck Egypt, Jacob and Joseph's brothers came to the Land of Goshen in Egypt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Joseph

    jō′zef, n. one whose chastity is above temptation—from the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Gen. xxxix.: a caped overcoat worn by women in the 18th century for riding—in allusion to Joseph's coat, Gen. xxxvii. 3.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Joseph

    the name of four persons in Scripture. 1, Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel, and the story of whose life is given in Genesis. 2, Joseph, St. the carpenter, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the reputed father of Jesus. 3, Joseph Of Aramathea, a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, who begged the body of Jesus to bury it in his own tomb. 4, Joseph, surnamed Barsabas, one of the disciples of Jesus, and deemed worthy to be nominated to fill the place vacated by Judas.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'joseph' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3256


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of joseph in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of joseph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Joseph lost his son and Christ. (Joseph a perdu - Son fils et Jésus.)

  2. Danny Reedy:

    See what you did there ? you just touched your face. Deon Joseph don't do that after Deon Joseph touch things here.

  3. Brian Manley:

    What is captured on the in-car camera when Officer Freeman gives his initial commands to Mr. Joseph and the time in which Mr. Joseph charges toward Officer Freeman was a matter of seconds. It was not a very long duration.

  4. Vernon Harvey:

    The SOB, Joseph Vaccaro, got a life sentence, and Joseph Vaccaro's been four years and they haven't fried Willie's ass yet. We've been waiting and waiting for justice to be done. All you hear about these days is the rights of the criminal. What about our rights ? Don't we have a right to see this chapter closed ?

  5. Sri Lanka:

    St. Joseph shows us the importance of transcending religious divisions in the service of peace, as the life of St. Joseph Vaz teaches us, genuine worship of God bears fruit not in discrimination, hatred and violence, but in respect for the sacredness of life, respect for the dignity and freedom of others, and loving commitment to the welfare of all.

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