Naz·​i·​rite ˈna-zə-ˌrīt How to pronounce Nazirite (audio)
variants or Nazarite
: a Jew of biblical times consecrated to God by a vow to avoid drinking wine, cutting the hair, and being defiled by the presence of a corpse
Naziritism noun

Word History


Late Latin nazaraeus, from Greek naziraios, nazaraios, from Hebrew nāzīr, literally, consecrated

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nazirite was in 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Nazirite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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