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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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. Charles Kuck:

    This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.

  2. Police Chief Michael Kelly:

    We believe that( Joseph Seals) was killed while trying to interdict these bad guys.

  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. Sri Lanka:

    As the life of St. Joseph Vaz teaches us, genuine worship of God bears fruit not in discrimination, hatred and violence, but in respect for the sacredness of life, respect for the dignity and freedom of others, and loving commitment to the welfare of all.

  5. Cat Ellington:

    Honestly, if I weren’t married to Joseph Strickland, I would most definitely be married to Jesse L. Martin.

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