Ca·​naan·​ite ˈkā-nə-ˌnīt How to pronounce Canaanite (audio)
: a member of a Semitic people inhabiting ancient Palestine and Phoenicia from about 3000 b.c.
Canaanite adjective

Examples of Canaanite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Archaeologists have made a stunning—yet thoroughly puzzling—discovery in northern Israel: a 3,800-year-old Canaanite arch and stairway, perfectly preserved underground. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Since the Pilgrims landed, religious leaders have been forging archaeological and textual evidence to show that Native Americans were descended from Canaanite and Jewish tribes. Egill Bjarnason, Foreign Affairs, 20 Apr. 2021

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Word History


Greek Kananitēs, from Kanaan Canaan, from Hebrew Kĕnaʽan

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Canaanite was in 1530

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“Canaanite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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