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[kal-dee-uh n] /kælˈdi ən/
one of an ancient Semitic people that formed the dominant element in Babylonia.
the indigenous Semitic language of the Chaldeans, Aramaic being used as an auxiliary language.
an astrologer, soothsayer, or enchanter. Dan. 1:4; 2:2.
of or belonging to ancient Chaldea.
pertaining to astrology, occult learning, etc.
Also, Chaldee
[kal-dee, kal-dee] /kælˈdi, ˈkæl di/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Chaldean
1575-85; < Latin Chaldae(us) (< Greek Chaldaîos Chaldaea, an astrologer) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for chaldees
Historical Examples
  • On the other hand, we have followed Lot from Ur of the chaldees also; but alas!

    The Lord's Coming C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • He "died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the chaldees."

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • What science have you that you have not stolen from the Egyptians and chaldees?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • His departure from Ur of the chaldees was a family migration.

  • Across this plain four thousand years ago Abraham wandered from far-away Ur of the chaldees.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • Ur of the chaldees was an ancient city on the great plain of Babylon.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • He did it after the manner of the chaldees—told it to her, and wrote it down at the same time in hieroglyphics.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • It is called Ur of the chaldees, because people of that name lived there.

    Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares
  • The patriarch Abraham belonged to his race, and was born in "Ur of the chaldees."

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • He was born at Ur of the chaldees 1948 years after the Creation.

British Dictionary definitions for chaldees


a member of an ancient Semitic people who controlled S Babylonia from the late 8th to the late 7th century bc
the dialect of Babylonian spoken by this people
of or relating to the ancient Chaldeans or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chaldees



with + -an + Latin Chaldaeus, from Greek Khaldaios, from Aramaic Kaldaie, from Akkadian (mat)Kaldu "the Chaldeans."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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chaldees in the Bible

or Chaldeans, the inhabitants of the country of which Babylon was the capital. They were so called till the time of the Captivity (2 Kings 25; Isa. 13:19; 23:13), when, particularly in the Book of Daniel (5:30; 9:1), the name began to be used with special reference to a class of learned men ranked with the magicians and astronomers. These men cultivated the ancient Cushite language of the original inhabitants of the land, for they had a "learning" and a "tongue" (1:4) of their own. The common language of the country at that time had become assimilated to the Semitic dialect, especially through the influence of the Assyrians, and was the language that was used for all civil purposes. The Chaldeans were the learned class, interesting themselves in science and religion, which consisted, like that of the ancient Arabians and Syrians, in the worship of the heavenly bodies. There are representations of this priestly class, of magi and diviners, on the walls of the Assyrian palaces.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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