haham\ḵäˈḵäm\ less commonly
Definition of hakam
1 : one learned in Jewish Law : wise man; specifically, plural : the rabbinical interpreters of biblical law of the first two Christian centuries whose interpretations are recorded in the Mishnah and contemporary works
2 : a title given to a rabbi by the Sephardic Jews
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Origin and Etymology of hakam
Hebrew ḥākhām wise, wise man; chochem from Yiddish khokhem, from Hebrew ḥākhām
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