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Kohen

[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin]
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noun, plural Ko·ha·nim [Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, koh-hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, koʊˈhɑ nɪm/, English Ko·hens.
  1. Cohen.

Cohen2

or Ko·hen

[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin]
noun, plural Co·ha·nim [Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, -hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, -ˈhɑ nɪm/, English Co·hens.
  1. 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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Kohen

Cohen

noun
  1. Judaism a member of the priestly family of the Tribe of Levi, descended from Aaron, who has certain ritual privileges in the synagogue service

Word Origin

from Hebrew, literally: priest

Cohen1

noun
  1. 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)
  2. Stanley. born 1922, US biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1986

Cohen2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of Kohen
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Word Origin and History for kohen

Cohen

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

kohen in Medicine

Cohen

(kōən)
  1. American biochemist. He shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the epidermal growth factor.
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