Ju·​das ˈjü-dəs How to pronounce Judas (audio)
: the apostle who in the Gospel accounts betrayed Jesus
: a son of James and one of the twelve apostles
: traitor
especially : one who betrays under the guise of friendship
not capitalized : peephole

called also judas hole, judas window

Examples of Judas in a Sentence

He was called a Judas by the press. she heatedly called her best friend a Judas after she found out her secrets had been spread all over town
Recent Examples on the Web Trump, played by SNL's James Austin Johnson, recited his grievances during a Last Supper event, complete with Jesus Christ and a vengeful Judas. Justin Klawans, The Week, 9 Apr. 2023 The biblical allusions continued with Johnson paralleling Florida governor Ron DeSantis to Judas, the infamous apostle who betrayed Jesus and suffered a macabre death. Katie Reul, Variety, 9 Apr. 2023 The iconic painting comes alive with Mikey Day as Christ and Molly Kearney as Judas. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2023 The Passion of the Christ, which was a box office hit at the time of its release, starred Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Mary, Francesco De Vito as Peter, Luca Lionello as Judas, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Ioudas, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhāh

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of Judas was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Judas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Judas. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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