Ec·​cle·​si·​as·​tes | \ i-ˌklē-zē-ˈa-(ˌ)stēz How to pronounce Ecclesiastes (audio) , e-ˌklē- \

Definition of Ecclesiastes

: a book of wisdom literature in canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table

First Known Use of Ecclesiastes

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ecclesiastes

borrowed from Late Latin Ecclēsiastēs, borrowed from Greek Ekklēsiastḗs, from ekklēsiastḗs "participant in an assembly of citizens" (adapted by the Septuagint translators as a rendering of Hebrew qōheleth, named in the title verse as the author of the Biblical book), from ekklēsiázein "to hold a public assembly, be a member of the assembly" (verbal derivative of ekklēsía "assembly of citizens") + -tēs, agent suffix — more at ecclesial

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“Ecclesiastes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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