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Joseph

[joh-zuh f, -suh f] /ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səf/
noun
1.
Jacob's eleventh son, the first of Jacob and his second wife, Rachel: sold into slavery by his brothers. Gen. 30:22–24; 37.
2.
the husband of Mary who was the mother of Jesus. Matt. 1:16–25.
3.
(Hinmaton-yalaktit) c1840–1904, leader of the Nez Percé: led 1000-mile (1600-km) retreat from U.S. forces in an attempt to reach Canada 1877.
4.
(lowercase) a long coat buttoning in the front, worn especially by women as part of their riding habit in colonial America.
5.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “increaser.”.

Joseph I

noun
1.
1678–1711, king of Hungary 1687–1711; king of Germany 1690–1711; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1705–11 (son of Leopold I).

Joseph II

noun
1.
1741–90, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1765–90 (son of Francis I; brother of Leopold II and Marie Antoinette).
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  • Well, Joseph, how long do you think it took me to paint that, now?

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Yet it was a 402true marriage and Mary became a mother, but Joseph was not the father.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I feel as if Mr. Joseph almost pounced on my words singly, without giving the sentences time to get out of my mouth.

  • Having been informed that he was to go to Madrid, Joseph obeyed, but he did not like it.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton
  • Before we accompany Joseph to Spain, let us briefly review the condition of Europe at this time.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Joseph

joseph

/ˈdʒəʊzɪf/
noun
1.
a woman's floor-length riding coat with a small cape, worn esp in the 18th century
Word Origin
perhaps from the story of Joseph and his long coat (Genesis 37:3)

Joseph

/ˈdʒəʊzɪf/
noun
1.
(Old Testament)
  1. the eleventh son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 30:2–24)
  2. either or both of two tribes descended from his sons Ephraim and Manasseh
2.
(New Testament) Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:16–25). Feast day: Mar 19

Joseph II

noun
1.
1741–90, Holy Roman emperor (1765–90); son of Francis I. He ruled Austria jointly with his mother, Maria Theresa, until her death (1780). He reorganized taxation, abolished serfdom, curtailed the feudal power of the nobles, and asserted his independence from the pope
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Word Origin and History for Joseph

masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob and Rachel, from Late Latin Joseph, Josephus, from Greek Ioseph, from Hebrew Yoseph (also Yehoseph, cf. Ps. lxxxi:6) "adds, increases," causative of yasaph "he added." Its use in names of clothing and plants often is in reference to his "coat of many colors."

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