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: the Semitic language of the ancient Hebrews
: any of various later forms of this language
: a member of or descendant from one of a group of northern Semitic peoples including the Israelites
13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English Ebreu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin Hebraeus, from Latin, adjective, from Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic ʽEbrai
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: 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
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(Entry 1 of 2)
: of or relating to the Hebrew peoples or the Hebrew language
Kids Definition of Hebrew (Entry 2 of 2)
: a member of any of a group of peoples of the ancient kingdom of Israel descended from Jacob of the Bible
: the language of the ancient Hebrews or a later form of it
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