Sim·​e·​on ˈsi-mē-ən How to pronounce Simeon (audio)
: a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel
: a devout man of Jerusalem held to have uttered the Nunc Dimittis on seeing the infant Jesus in the temple

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Symeōn, from Hebrew Shimʽōn

First Known Use

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

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

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“Simeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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