Semite

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

Definition of Semite

1 a :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

Origin and Etymology of semite

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

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SEMITE Defined for English Language Learners

Semite

noun

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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