- a native or inhabitant of Nazareth.
- a member of a sect of early Jewish converts to Christianity who retained the Mosaic ritual.
- the Nazarene, Jesus Christ.
- of or relating to Nazareth or the Nazarenes.
Origin of Nazarene
Examples from the Web for nazarene
You've killed the creature, and may you starve and die yourself, you dog of a Nazarene!The Scapegoat
Then the Nazarene uttered his only word of complaint: "I thirst."The Centurion's Story
David James Burrell
Are all followers of the Nazarene compelled to wear turbans.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Yet more people read Socrates, and believed on the Nazarene every year.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
My Nazarene guide, riding ahead of the party, led on over the bridge.
- an early name for a Christian (Acts 24:5) or (when preceded by the) for Jesus Christ
- a member of one of several groups of Jewish-Christians found principally in Syria
- a member of an association of German artists called the Nazarenes or Brotherhood of St Luke, including Friedrich Overbeck (1789–1869) and Peter von Cornelius (1783–1867), founded (1809) in Vienna to revive German religious art after the examples of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance
- of or relating to Nazareth or the Nazarenes
Word Origin and History for nazarene
c.1200, "holy man;" early 13c., "a native or resident of Nazareth," childhood home of Jesus, from Late Latin Nazarenus, from Greek Nazarenos, from Hebrew Natzerath. As an adjective from late 13c. As "a follower of Jesus" from late 14c. In Talmudic Hebrew notzri, literally "of Nazareth," meant "a Christian;" likewise Arabic Nasrani (plural Nasara). In Christian use, however, it can be a nickname for Jesus, or refer to an early Jewish Christian sect (1680s in English), or, in modern use, to a member of the Church of the Nazarene, a U.S.-based Protestant denomination (1898 in this sense).