hakam

noun
ha·kam
variants: or haham \ḵäˈḵäm \ or less commonly chochem \ˈḵȯḵəm \
plural hakamim or hahamim also chachamim or chachomim\ˌḵäḵäˈmēm \

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for hakam

Hebrew ḥākhām wise, wise man; chochem from Yiddish khokhem, from Hebrew ḥākhām

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hakam

Dictionary Entries near hakam

hajji

haka

hakafoth

hakam

hake

Hakea

Hakenkreuz

Statistics for hakam

Look-up Popularity

Comments on hakam

What made you want to look up hakam? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!