What does Semitic mean?

Definitions for Semiticsəˈmɪt ɪk

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Semitic(adj)

    a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

  2. Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to the group of Semitic languages

    "Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"

  3. Semite, Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

    "Semite peoples"


  1. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, Hebrew, Maltese, Tigrigna, Phoenician etc.

  2. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.

  3. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the descendants of Shem, the eldest of three sons of Noah.

  4. Semitic(Adjective)

    In a narrower sense, of or pertaining to the Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.

  5. Semitic(ProperNoun)

    The Semitic languages in general.

  6. Origin: From the English Semite, an 18th century ethnological label from the semitisch, Σημ, from the שֵׂם, the name of the eldest son of Noah in biblical tradition (Genesis 5.32, 6.10, 10.21), considered the forefather of the Semitic peoples. Perhaps derived from the Akkadian šumu, name or son.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semitic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs, Jews, and related races

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Semitic

    sem-it′ik, adj. pertaining to the Semites, or supposed descendants of Shem, or their language, customs, &c.—also Shemit′ic.—ns. Sem′ite; Semitisā′tion.—v.t. Sem′itise, to render Semitic in language or religion.—ns. Sem′itism, a Semitic idiom; Sem′itist, a Hebrew scholar.—Semitic languages, Assyrian, Aramean, Hebrew, Phœnician, together with Arabic and Ethiopic. [Applied by J. G. Eichhorn in 1817 to the closely allied peoples represented in Gen. x. as descended from Shem.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Semitic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Semitic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner:

    This is the worst kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

  2. President Francois Hollande:

    This was an appalling anti-Semitic act that was committed.

  3. Pamela Geller:

    Jew-haters have been running anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ads on buses for years. We are responding.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    This wave of attacks and the murderous anti-Semitic assaults that are part of it is expected to go on.

  5. Meir Taub:

    I have clear footage which I'm going to show to the police, which clearly shows there were anti-Semitic chants.

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