Judas

play
noun Ju·das \ˈjü-dəs\

Definition of Judas

  1. 1a :  the apostle who in the Gospel accounts betrayed Jesusb :  a son of James and one of the twelve apostles

  2. 2 :  traitor; especially :  one who betrays under the guise of friendship

  3. 3 not capitalized :  peephole —called also judas hole, judas window

Examples of judas in a Sentence

  1. He was called a Judas by the press.

  2. she heatedly called her best friend a Judas after she found out her secrets had been spread all over town

Origin and Etymology of judas

Late Latin, from Greek Ioudas, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhāh


First Known Use: before 12th century


JUDAS Defined for English Language Learners

Judas

play
noun

Definition of Judas for English Language Learners

  • : someone who betrays someone else


Learn More about judas


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Judas? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!