Je·​sus | \ ˈjē-zəs How to pronounce Jesus (audio) , -zəz How to pronounce Jesus (audio) also -ˌzəs and -ˌzəz \

Definition of Jesus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the Jewish religious teacher whose life, death, and resurrection as reported by the Evangelists are the basis of the Christian message of salvation

called also Jesus Christ

2 Christian Science : the highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light man's immortality


biographical name
Je·​sus | \ ˈjē-zəs How to pronounce Jesus (audio) , -zəz \
variants: or Jesus Christ \ ˈkrīst How to pronounce Jesus (audio) \ or Christ Jesus

Definition of Jesus (Entry 2 of 2)

circa 6 b.c.circa a.d. 30 Jesus of Nazareth; the Son of Mary source of the Christian religion and Savior in the Christian faith

First Known Use of Jesus


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jesus


Late Latin, from Greek Iēsous, from Hebrew Yēshūaʽ

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“Jesus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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