What does Joseph mean?

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ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səfJoseph

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Joseph, Chief Josephnoun

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

  2. Josephnoun

    (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. Josephnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. Josephnoun

    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. Josephnoun

    ; 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. josephnoun

    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. Josephnoun

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

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

  5. Josephnoun

    The husband of Virgin Mary.

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

  6. Josephnoun

    The 12th sura of the Qur'an.

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

  7. Josephnoun

    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. Josephnoun

    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. Josephnoun

    An English patronymic surname.

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

  10. Josephnoun

    A French patronymic surname.

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

  11. Josephnoun

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. Joseph

    Joseph is a common masculine given name, derived from the Hebrew Yosef. The form "Joseph" is used mostly in English, French and partially German-speaking (alongside "Josef") countries. This spelling is also found as a variant in the Nordic countries. In Portuguese and Spanish, the name is "José". In Arabic, including in the Quran, the name is spelled يوسف Yūsuf. In Persian, the name is "Yousef". The name has enjoyed significant popularity in its many forms in numerous countries, and Joseph was one of the two names, along with Robert, to have remained in the top 10 boys' names list in the US from 1925 to 1972. It is especially common in contemporary Israel, as either "Yossi" or "Yossef", and in Italy, where the name "Giuseppe" was the most common male name in the 20th century. In the first century CE, Joseph was the second most popular male name for Palestine Jews.In the Book of Genesis Joseph is Jacob's eleventh son and Rachel's first son, and known in the Hebrew Bible as Yossef ben-Yaakov. In the New Testament the most notable two are Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus; and Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus who supplied the tomb in which Jesus was buried.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Josephnoun

    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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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. Emeasoba George:

    Setback often precedes great comeback. Yes! for instance the biblical Joseph experienced a setback initially. But, eventually he was taken from prison to the king's palace where he was made a prime minister/general overseer i.e. he (Joseph) who was nobody by and by became somebody. Now, may I tell you this, your so seemed setback will sooner or later become a great comeback for you.

  2. Paul Simon:

    They were completely disingenuous about it, first of all, we didn't break any boycott. There was no rule about recording with black South African musicians. In fact, the whole purpose of the boycott was the antithesis of what we did.Simon with the South African musician Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with whom Simon collaborated on.

  3. Joseph Tacopina:

    Police said the rapper spent the night in central booking and would appear before a judge on Friday. Joseph Tacopina, Meek’s lawyer, told the New YorkDaily News that Mill was arrested because of Joseph Tacopina celebrity status. ‘ LION KING ’ PRODUCER REVEALS BOMBSHELL : MUFASA AND SCAR ARE NOT BROTHERS It really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don't like, and it's not what the system is supposed to be about, Joseph Tacopina said. If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't have even been arrested.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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