1. a member of a Semitic people that inhabited parts of ancient Palestine and were conquered by the Israelites and largely absorbed by them.
  2. a group of Semitic languages, including Hebrew and Phoenician, spoken chiefly in ancient Palestine and Syria.
  1. 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
Related formsCa·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for canaanitic

Historical Examples of canaanitic

  • Indeed, the ruling family which came into prominence there is believed to have been of Canaanitic origin.

British Dictionary definitions for canaanitic


  1. a group of ancient languages belonging to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family and including Canaanite, Phoenician, Ugaritic, and Hebrew
  1. denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages


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