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Definitions for Hussein
hʊˈseɪn; ˈsɑ dəm, səˈdɑmhus·sein

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hussein, Husain, Husayn, Saddam Hussein, Saddam, Saddam bin Hussein at-Takritinoun

    Iraqi leader who waged war against Iran; his invasion of Kuwait led to the Gulf War (born in 1937)

  2. Hussein, Husain, Husayn, ibn Talal Hussein, King Husseinnoun

    king of Jordan credited with creating stability at home and seeking peace with Israel (1935-1999)


  1. Hussein

    Hussein, Hussain, Hossein, Hossain, Huseyn, Husayn, Husein or Husain (; Arabic: حُسَيْن Ḥusayn), coming from the triconsonantal root Ḥ-S-i-N (Arabic: ح س ی ن), is an Arabic name which is the diminutive of Hassan, meaning "good", "handsome" or "beautiful". It is commonly given as a male given name, particularly among Shias. In Persian language contexts, the transliterations Ḥosayn, Hosayn, or Hossein are sometimes used. In the transliteration of Indo-Aryan languages, the forms "Hussain" or "Hossain" may be used. Other variants include Husên, Husejin, Husejn, Husain, Hisên, Hussain, Husayin, Hussayin, Hüseyin, Husseyin, Huseyn, Hossain, Hosein, Husseyn (etc.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, which follows a standardized way for transliterating Arabic names, used the form "Ḥusain" in its first edition and "Ḥusayn" in its second and third editions.This name was not used in the pre-Islamic period, and is recorded to have been first used by the Islamic prophet Muhammad when he named his grandson Husayn ibn Ali, saying he had been commanded to do so by Allah through the archangel Gabriel.


  1. hussein

    Hussein is an Arabic-origin given name predominantly used in Muslim cultures. It is commonly associated with Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. The name "Hussein" generally means "handsome one" or "good." Over time, it has been used both as a first and surname by people from various countries, cultures, and religions around the world.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hussein is ranked #4903 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hussein surname appeared 7,182 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Hussein.

    45.5% or 3,273 total occurrences were Black.
    39.6% or 2,845 total occurrences were White.
    7.4% or 538 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.4% or 388 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 133 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hussein in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hussein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Hussein in a Sentence

  1. Barham Salih:

    Look, obviously a lot of years to reflect on. Definitely, from my perspective from Iraq, from Baghdad, and I would daresay that reflecting the view of the majority of Iraqis, the decision to take on Saddam Hussein and remove him from power was the right decision; it was the moral decision. The world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. He was a war criminal. He was engaged in crimes against humanity, genocide, you name it. But no doubt: a lot of problems in the transition.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    We all remember what happened with Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein children were killed, I think Saddam Hussein grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged... We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq.

  3. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf:

    He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man. (describing Saddam Hussein of Iraq, 1991)

  4. Donald Trump:

    Saddam Hussein and the other enemies of peace may have thought that the serious debate currently before the House of Representatives would distract Americans or weaken our resolve to face Saddam Hussein down. But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America's vital interests, we will do so.

  5. Mark Green:

    Hussein as in Saddam Hussein was a totalitarian dictator, since Mr. Obama seems to think he can, without the consent of the legislature, release edicts in the form of executive orders, deemed significantly different in scope than previous presidents, he violates the clear separation of power in the constitution.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. tacky
    • B. ravening
    • C. extroversive
    • D. incumbent

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