Definition of Maccabees
2 singular in construction : either of two narrative and historical books included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and in the Protestant Apocrypha — see bible table
Maccabeanplay \ˌma-kə-ˈbē-ən\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of maccabees
Greek Makkabaioi, from plural of Makkabaios, surname of Judas Maccabaeus 2d century b.c. Jewish patriot
First Known Use: 15th century
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