What does Joseph mean?

Definitions for Joseph
ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səfJoseph

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Joseph.

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

Wiktionary

  1. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    The husband of Virgin Mary in the New Testament.

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

  2. Joseph(ProperNoun)

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

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

  3. joseph(Noun)

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

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

  4. Joseph(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  5. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    The husband of Virgin Mary.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  6. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    The 12th sura of the Qur'an.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  7. Joseph(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  8. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from Hebrew

    I'm going to call him Joseph / or Josephine if it's a girl. / Why? / Because it's a strong name, / Joe, Joseph. / You give a kid a name like Cameron / or Alfred, or something like that, / and they end up wearing glasses / and looking at computers for the rest of their life. / - - - So Joe it is. / He'll turn out strong. Strong and smart.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  9. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    An English patronymic surname.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  10. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    A French patronymic surname.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

  11. Joseph(ProperNoun)

    A locale in the United States. A city in Oregon; named for Nez Perce chief Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it. A town in Utah; named for Mormon apostle Joseph Angell Young. A ghost town in Idaho; named for Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it.

    Etymology: Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף‎ ( Yoséf , " (God) shall add") ; a son of Jacob.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Joseph(noun)

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

Freebase

  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. joseph

    Song lyrics by joseph -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by joseph on the Lyrics.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

How to pronounce Joseph?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Joseph in sign language?

Numerology

  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

Examples of Joseph in a Sentence

  1. Tekla Senanayake:

    It's a great blessing to witness the sainthood of Father Joseph Vaz. It is something we can tell our grandchildren one day.

  2. President Obama:

    I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq. And in Syria, they'll come in, they'll leave, but Joseph Dunford don't see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.

  3. Oh God no:

    If Joseph Randall Biggs don't get the f ** k out of here, I'm calling the police right now.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    After discussions with the President and( Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph) Dunford, I never felt better about where we are headed, i think we're slowing things down in a smart way. But the goal has always been the same. To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS never comes back.

  5. Helena Earl:

    Joseph Sparano said. The TAILORx study was n’t the only breakthrough research on breast cancer that was presented at ASCO. Dr. Helena Earl, a professor from the University of Cambridge in Britain, looked at whether women with HER-2 positive early-stage breast cancer could be treated with the drug Herceptin for 6 months instead of 12. Though Herceptin has improved survival and recurrence rates for over a decade in breast cancer patients, the drug is associated with a risk for heart damage in long-term users. When Herceptin was first introduced the 12-month period was almost plucked out of the air and there was n’t any evidence of how long you woud need to carry on with a targeted treatment to get the effect.

Images & Illustrations of Joseph

  1. JosephJosephJosephJosephJoseph

Popularity rank by frequency of use

Joseph#1#2622#10000

Translations for Joseph

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Joseph »

Translation

Find a translation for the Joseph definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these Joseph definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "Joseph." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 5 May 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Joseph>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Joseph? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    find repugnant
    • A. embellish
    • B. summon
    • C. render
    • D. abhor

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Joseph: