Hebrew

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noun He·brew \ ˈhē-(ˌ)brü \

Definition of Hebrew

1 a :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

Hebrew

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Origin and Etymology of hebrew

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


HEBREW Defined for English Language Learners

Hebrew

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Definition of Hebrew for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HEBREW Defined for Kids

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Hebrew

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adjective He·brew \ ˈhē-brü \

Definition of Hebrew for Students

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

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Hebrew

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Definition of Hebrew for Students

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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