He·​brew | \ ˈhē-(ˌ)brü How to pronounce Hebrew (audio) \

Definition of Hebrew

1a : the Semitic language of the ancient Hebrews
b : any of various later forms of this language
2 : a member of or descendant from one of a group of northern Semitic peoples including the Israelites especially : israelite

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Hebrew adjective

First Known Use of Hebrew

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Hebrew

Middle English Ebreu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin Hebraeus, from Latin, adjective, from Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic ʽEbrai

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The first known use of Hebrew was in the 13th century

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“Hebrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hebrew. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Hebrew

: a member of an ancient group of people who lived mostly in the kingdom of Israel and practiced Judaism
: the language of the ancient Hebrews
: the language of modern Israel


He·​brew | \ ˈhē-brü How to pronounce Hebrew (audio) \

Kids Definition of Hebrew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the Hebrew peoples or the Hebrew language



Kids Definition of Hebrew (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of any of a group of peoples of the ancient kingdom of Israel descended from Jacob of the Bible
2 : the language of the ancient Hebrews or a later form of it

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