Mo·​ses ˈmō-zəz How to pronounce Moses (audio)
 also  -zəs
: a Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and at Mt. Sinai delivered the Law establishing God's covenant with them

Word History


Latin, from Greek Mōsēs, from Hebrew Mōsheh

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Moses was before the 12th century

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“Moses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Anna Mary 1860–1961 née Robertson; Grandma Moses American painter

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