Semite

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noun Sem·ite \ˈse-ˌmīt, especially British ˈsē-ˌmīt\

Definition of Semite

  1. 1a :  a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabsb :  a descendant of these peoples

  2. 2 :  a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language

Origin and Etymology of semite

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


First Known Use: 1848

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SEMITE Defined for English Language Learners

Semite

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noun Sem·ite \ˈse-ˌmīt, especially British ˈsē-ˌmīt\

Definition of Semite for English Language Learners

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


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