Essene

noun
Es·​sene | \ i-ˈsēn How to pronounce Essene (audio) , ˈe-ˌsēn How to pronounce Essene (audio) \

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.

Other Words from Essene

Essenian \ i-​ˈsē-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Essene (audio) , e-​ˈsē-​ \ or Essenic \ i-​ˈse-​nik How to pronounce Essene (audio) , -​ˈsē-​nik , e-​ \ adjective
Essenism \ i-​ˈsē-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce Essene (audio) , e-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Essene

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Essene

Greek Essēnos

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“Essene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Essene. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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