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Chaldean

[ kal-dee-uhn ]

noun

  1. one of an ancient Semitic people who lived in Babylonia.
  2. the Indigenous Semitic language of the Chaldeans, Aramaic being used as an auxiliary language.
  3. (in the Bible) an astrologer, soothsayer, or enchanter.


adjective

  1. of or belonging to ancient Chaldea.
  2. pertaining to astrology, occult learning, etc.

Chaldean

/ kælˈdiːən /

noun

  1. a member of an ancient Semitic people who controlled S Babylonia from the late 8th to the late 7th century bc
  2. the dialect of Babylonian spoken by this people


adjective

  1. of or relating to the ancient Chaldeans or their language

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Chaldean1

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin Chaldae(us), from Greek Chaldaîos “a Chaldean, astrologer” + -an

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Example Sentences

The U-T reported that “Chaldean leaders staged demonstrations last week and brought several bus loads of speakers to a commission meeting Friday.”

This would suggest a possible interchange of religious ideas between the earlier Aryan and Akkado-Chaldean peoples.

Ancient Egypto-Chaldean designs are occasionally seen in modern rugs, but usually in a modified form.

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