- a book of the New Testament. Abbreviation: Heb.
- a member of the Semitic peoples inhabiting ancient Palestine and claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite.
- a Semitic language of the Afroasiatic family, the language of the ancient Hebrews, which, although not in a vernacular use from 100 b.c. to the 20th century, was retained as the scholarly and liturgical language of Jews and is now the national language of Israel. Abbreviation: Heb
Origin of Hebrew
Examples from the Web for hebrews
His name was Joseph and he belonged to the tribe of the Hebrews.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There is much obscurity about the beginnings of the laws of the Hebrews.Understanding the Scriptures
The God of the Hebrews declared them to be his chosen people.City of Endless Night
They severely forbid the Hebrews to consult such persons and things.The Phantom World
The Hebrews are rising out of this stage when we first see them.History of Religion
- (functioning as singular) a book of the New Testament
- the ancient language of the Hebrews, revived as the official language of Israel. It belongs to the Canaanitic branch of the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages
- a member of an ancient Semitic people claiming descent from Abraham; an Israelite
- archaic, or offensive a Jew
- of or relating to the Hebrews or their language
- archaic, or offensive Jewish
Word Origin and History for hebrews
late Old English, from Old French Ebreu, from Latin Hebraeus, from Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic 'ebhrai, corresponding to Hebrew 'ibhri "an Israelite," literally "one from the other side," in reference to the River Euphrates, or perhaps simply signifying "immigrant;" from 'ebher "region on the other or opposite side." The noun is c.1200, "the Hebrew language;" late 14c. of persons, originally "a biblical Jew, Israelite."