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[josh-oo-uh] /ˈdʒɒʃ u ə/
the successor of Moses as leader of the Israelites. Deut. 31:14, 23; 34:9.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Josh.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is salvation.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Furthermore, events are related which took place after Joshua's death.

  • Shall we pray for a second Joshua, arresting the sun, pending deliberation?

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • His father was engaged in that business; and Joshua entered his office at fifteen.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • But Joshua hoped the rest of the personnel were not so perceptive.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • Joshua turned from the window, then paused and looked again into the sky.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
British Dictionary definitions for Joshua


noun (Old Testament)
Moses' successor, who led the Israelites in the conquest of Canaan
the book recounting his deeds
Douay spelling Josue (ˈdʒɒsjʊiː)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Joshua

masc. proper name, biblical successor of Moses, from Hebrew Yehoshua, literally "the Lord is salvation." Joshua tree (1867) is perhaps so called because its shape compared to pictures of Joshua brandishing a spear (Josh. viii:18). In the top 10 list of names for boys in the U.S. since 1979.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Joshua in Culture

Joshua definition

In the Old Testament, the leader who brought the Israelites into the Promised Land after the death of Moses. Joshua is best known for his destruction of the city of Jericho. When Joshua was besieging the city, God instructed him to have his priests blow their trumpets and all his troops give a great shout. At the sound of the shout, the walls of the city collapsed, and Joshua's troops rushed in. (SeeJoshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.”)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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