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[sim-ee-uh n] /ˈsɪm i ən/
a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:33.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
a devout man of Jerusalem who praised God for letting him see the infant Jesus. Luke 2:25–35.
Compare Nunc Dimittis (def 1).
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “harkening.”. Unabridged
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  • "Just as if he was hailin' a horse car," described Simeon afterward.

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  • For some minutes Simeon remained where he was, thinking and surmising.

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  • Simeon spun around, as he said afterwards, "like a young one's pinwheel."

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  • Nothin' that me or Simeon could say would make him change the course a point.

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  • Simeon was just behind me and he darted forward with outstretched hand.

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  • The idea that Simeon Stagg must have been the informer had at that moment got possession of his mind.

  • He had scarcely taken his place there when the name of Simeon Stagg was also called.

  • The guilty man may be in this room, and he may not be Simeon Stagg.

  • In another part of this chamber is buried Eleazar, son of the illustrious Simeon.

British Dictionary definitions for Simeon


  1. (Old Testament) the second son of Jacob and Leah
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the territory once occupied by this tribe in the extreme south of the land of Canaan
(New Testament) a devout Jew, who recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah and uttered the canticle Nunc Dimittis over him in the Temple (Luke 2:25–35)
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Word Origin and History for Simeon

masc. proper name, Biblical second son of Jacob and Leah; also a tribe of Israel; see Simon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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