Es·​sene i-ˈsēn How to pronounce Essene (audio) ˈe-ˌsēn How to pronounce Essene (audio)
: a member of a monastic brotherhood of Jews in Palestine from the second century b.c. to the second century a.d.
Essenian adjective
or Essenic
i-ˈse-nik How to pronounce Essene (audio)
Essenism noun

Word History


Greek Essēnos

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Essene was in 1553

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“Essene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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