noun Es·sene \i-ˈsēn, ˈe-ˌsēn\

Definition of ESSENE

:  a member of a monastic brotherhood of Jews in Palestine from the second century b.c. to the second century a.d.
Es·se·ni·an \i-ˈsē-nē-ən, e-ˈse-\ or Es·se·nic \-ˈse-nik, -ˈsē-nik\ adjective
Es·se·nism \-ˈsē-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin of ESSENE

Greek Essēnos
First Known Use: 1553


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