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ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səfJoseph

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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

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

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How to say Joseph in sign language?

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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. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(C)(P) IT WAS MY TRENCH TOWN REGGAE IN THE MUSIC OF THE RASTA MESSENGERS LIKE-BURNING SPEAR- CULTURE(JOSEPH HILL)- AND OTHERS THAT TAUGHT THE WORLD THAT- CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WAS A LIAR. HE DID NOT DISCOVER JAMAICA NOR AMERICA. SO WHY ARE WE STILL HONORING HIM TODAY?

  2. Dan Coats:

    Nothing came to me, i left on August 15. ... The very next day that was presented to Joe( Joseph Maguire). I feel so bad for Joe. He is caught in a squeeze here and the lawyers are divided. So they are trying to work all that out. That's about all I can say about that.

  3. Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor:

    Our leadership has long acknowledged that, in addition to its many successes, the Secret Service faces many challenges, over the past year, under the leadership of Director Joseph Clancy, the Secret Service has taken a number of steps to address these challenges, including altering the way the Secret Service is structured and managed, striving to hire new members of its workforce, expanding training opportunities for current employees, and implementing the other recommendations of the independent Protective Mission Panel.

  4. Rich Krell:

    Some of things Joseph Miller’s said are not true. But some of the things they’re saying against Joseph Miller are not true either.

  5. Pat LeDuff:

    Sadie Roberts-Joseph was the teacher of our family, always educating us, always making us aware of things, if you were saying something that wasn't factual, Sadie Roberts-Joseph would make sure that you know what you were saying is wrong.

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