What does Joseph mean?

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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. Dan Coats:

    It has been a privilege serving with Sue Gordon to lead the ODNI and Intelligence Community over these past two years. Sue Gordon is a visionary leader who has made an enormous impact on the IC over the more than three decades Sue Gordon has served, i have had the pleasure of working with Joseph Maguire as part of my leadership team at ODNI, and I am pleased that the President has announced that Joe will serve as Acting DNI. Joe has had a long, distinguished career serving the nation and will lead the men and women in the IC with distinction.

  2. Esther Bustamante:

    I ran and screamed Joseph Melgoza name hoping Joseph Melgoza would answer, it was so dark.

  3. 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.

  4. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    God can rewrite your story. Yes of course, in case you don't know. God can rewrite your story from being miserable to being enviable and from the worst to the best. As a matter of fact, he (God) rewrote the story of Jabez. And that's why, he changed his name and enlarged his coast too, scripture reference (1st Chronicles 4:10). Moreover, he (God) equally rewrote the story of Joseph. Now, that's why he made him (Joseph) a prime minister/general overseer in a foreign country (Egypt) to be specific, scripture reference (Genesis 41 : 41-45). As well, he (God) rewrote the story of Esther. And that's why she (Esther) surprisingly became a queen in a foreign nation (Babylon) to be precise, scripture reference (Esther 2:17). Besides, God rewrote the story of David. And that's why, he (God) transformed him (David) from being an ordinary shepherd to being the most celebrated king of Israel, scripture reference (1st Samuel 16 : 1-13). Now, the above instances truly signify that, God can surely and­ ­effortlessly rewrite your own story, no matter how bad or miserable it seems to you. Listen up, all you've got to do is just to trust in him (God) undoubtedly. And then, wait patiently on him to change your story or condition at his own time and not at your own time. ~Emeasoba George

  5. Mike Byrnes:

    Building a strong strategic alliance that is not formally part of Joseph Votava Jr. organization is the best option for most advisers.

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