[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin]
[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin]
- a member of the Jewish priestly class, descended from Aaron, having sacrificial, ministerial, and other sacred functions from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d. and now having essentially honorific religious duties and prerogatives.
Origin of Cohen2
From the Hebrew word kōhēn priest
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Examples from the Web for kohen
“All he would have had to do was a quick search online,” observes Kohen.
As Kohen points out to The Daily Beast, Dawkins never actually apologizes for what he said.
Indeed, as Kohen points out in a blog post, the numbers suggest the opposite.
I urge my colleagues to pick up the siddur and heed its words as disciples of Aaron the kohen.What Siddur Do They Use?
Rabbi Jonah Geffen
December 11, 2013
Kohen wishes Romney would acknowledge his privileged circumstances in life.Message To Mitt: You're Not Everyman
August 29, 2012
I suppose I ought to be grateful to Mr. Kohen, but somehow I am not.An Anarchist Woman
All this sounded like the ravings of a lunatic, yet the Kohen was not mad.
Oh no, it would be impossible for them to allow you to become an Athon or a Kohen.
Well, why couldn't I be made an Athon or a Kohen, and be exempted in that way?
Then the Kohen raised his knife and plunged it into the heart of the youth.
- Judaism a member of the priestly family of the Tribe of Levi, descended from Aaron, who has certain ritual privileges in the synagogue service
from Hebrew, literally: priest
- Leonard. born 1934, Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet; recordings include Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), I'm Your Man (1988), and Ten New Songs (2001)
- Stanley. born 1922, US biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1986
- a variant spelling of Kohen
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Word Origin and History for kohen
Jewish surname indicating priestly descent, from Hebrew kohen "priest," from base of kihen "he acted as priest," related to Arabic kahana "he divined, prophesied."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- American biochemist. He shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the epidermal growth factor.
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