Chal·​de·​an kal-ˈdē-ən How to pronounce Chaldean (audio)
: a member of an ancient Semitic people that became dominant in Babylonia
: the Semitic language of the Chaldeans
: a person versed in the occult arts
Chaldean adjective

Examples of Chaldean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonprofit Chaldean Coalition sued the County of San Diego, its Independent Redistricting Commission, and Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes in San Diego Superior Court on March 4 to prevent them from using the new voting district maps approved in December by the commission. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Latin Chaldaeus Chaldean, astrologer, from Greek Chaldaios, from Chaldaia Chaldea, region of ancient Babylonia

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chaldean was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Chaldean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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