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HEBREW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Hebrew mean? 

HEBREW (noun)
  The noun HEBREW has 2 senses:

1. the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel
2. a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

  Familiarity information: HEBREW used as a noun is rare.


HEBREW (adjective)
  The adjective HEBREW has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of the Hebrews
2. of or relating to the language of the Hebrews

  Familiarity information: HEBREW used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEBREW (noun)


Sense 1Hebrew [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Hebrew" is a kind of...):

Canaanitic; Canaanitic language (a group of Semitic languages)

Domain member category:

Hakham (a Hebrew title of respect for a wise and highly educated man)

Rabbi (a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher)

rabbi (spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Hebrew"):

Modern Hebrew (Hebrew used in Israel today; revived from ancient Hebrew)


Sense 2Hebrew [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Jew; Hebrew; Israelite

Hypernyms ("Hebrew" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Hebrew"):

Zionist (a Jewish supporter of Zionism)

Zealot (a member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans)

Wandering Jew (a legendary Jew condemned to roam the world for mocking Jesus at the Crucifixion)

Sephardi; Sephardic Jew (a Jew who is of Spanish or Portuguese or North African descent)

Sadducee (a member of an ancient Jewish sect around the time of Jesus; opposed to the Pharisees)

Reform Jew (liberal Jew who tries to adapt all aspects of Judaism to modern circumstances)

Pharisee (a member of an ancient Jewish sect noted for strict obedience to Jewish traditions)

Orthodox Jew (Jew who practices strict observance of Mosaic law)

Levite (a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi (especially the branch that provided male assistants to the temple priests))

hymie; kike; sheeny; yid (offensive terms for a Jew)

Jewess (a woman who is a Jew)

Essene (a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus)

Conservative Jew (Jew who keeps some requirements of Mosaic law but adapts others to suit modern circumstances)

Ashkenazi (a Jew of eastern European or German descent)

Instance hyponyms:

Lot ((Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction)

Christ; Deliverer; Good Shepherd; Jesus; Jesus Christ; Jesus of Nazareth; Redeemer; Savior; Saviour; the Nazarene (a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29))

Holonyms ("Hebrew" is a member of...):

Jewry (Jews collectively)


HEBREW (adjective)


Sense 1Hebrew [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of the Hebrews

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Hebraical; Hebrew; Hebraic

Context example:

the old Hebrew prophets

Pertainym:

Hebrew (a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties)


Sense 2Hebrew [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the language of the Hebrews

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Hebraic; Hebrew; Hebraical

Context example:

Hebrew vowels

Pertainym:

Hebrew (the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel)


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