Sem·​ite | \ ˈse-ˌmīt How to pronounce Semite (audio) , especially British ˈsē-ˌmīt \

Definition of Semite

1a : a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs
b : a descendant of these peoples
2 : a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language

First Known Use of Semite

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Semite

French sémite, from Sem Shem, from Late Latin, from Greek Sēm, from Hebrew Shēm

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27 Apr 2020

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“Semite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Semite

: a member of a group of people originally of southwestern Asia that includes Jews and Arabs

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