- one of an ancient Semitic people that formed the dominant element in Babylonia.
- the indigenous Semitic language of the Chaldeans, Aramaic being used as an auxiliary language.
- Biblical Aramaic.
- an astrologer, soothsayer, or enchanter. Dan. 1:4; 2:2.
- of or belonging to ancient Chaldea.
- pertaining to astrology, occult learning, etc.
Also Chal·dee [kal-dee, kal-dee] /kælˈdi, ˈkæl di/.
Origin of Chaldean
1575–85; < Latin Chaldae(us) (< Greek Chaldaîos Chaldaea, an astrologer) + -an
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- a member of an ancient Semitic people who controlled S Babylonia from the late 8th to the late 7th century bc
- the dialect of Babylonian spoken by this people
- of or relating to the ancient Chaldeans or their language
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with + -an + Latin Chaldaeus, from Greek Khaldaios, from Aramaic Kaldaie, from Akkadian (mat)Kaldu "the Chaldeans."
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