[ key-nuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈkeɪ nəˌnaɪt /


a member of a Semitic people that inhabited parts of ancient Palestine and were conquered by the Israelites and largely absorbed by them.
a group of Semitic languages, including Hebrew and Phoenician, spoken chiefly in ancient Palestine and Syria.


of, relating to, or characteristic of Canaan, the Canaanites, or the Canaanite group of languages.

Origin of Canaanite

1350–1400; Middle EnglishGreek Kananī́tēs; see Canaan, -ite1


Ca·naan·it·ish [key-nuh-nahy-tish] /ˈkeɪ nəˌnaɪ tɪʃ/, Ca·naan·it·ic [key-nuh-nit-ik] /ˌkeɪ nəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjectivepre-Ca·naan·ite, noun, adjectivepre-Ca·naan·it·ic, adjective

Definition for canaanite (2 of 2)

[ sahy-muh n; French see-mawn for 7 ]
/ ˈsaɪ mən; French siˈmɔ̃ for 7 /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for canaanite (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkeɪnəˌnaɪt) /


a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied the land of Canaan before the Israelite conquest
the extinct language of this people, belonging to the Canaanitic branch of the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
(in later books of the Old Testament) a merchant or trader (Job 40:30; Proverbs 31:24)

British Dictionary definitions for canaanite (2 of 2)

/ (ˈsaɪmən) /


the original name of (Saint) Peter (def. 1)
New Testament
  1. See Simon Zelotes
  2. Also: Simon the Tanner a relative of Jesus, who may have been identical with Simon Zelotes (Matthew 13:55)
  3. Also: Simon the Tanner a Christian of Joppa with whom Peter stayed (Acts of the Apostles 9:43)
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