[ kal-dee-uh n ]
/ kælˈdi ən /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for chaldee (1 of 2)


/ (kælˈdiː) /


a nontechnical term for Biblical Aramaic, which was once believed to be the language of the ancient Chaldeans
the actual language of the ancient ChaldeansSee also Chaldean (def. 2)
an inhabitant of ancient Chaldea; a Chaldean
Also (for senses 1, 2): Chaldaic (kælˈdeɪɪk)

British Dictionary definitions for chaldee (2 of 2)



/ (kælˈdiːən) /


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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Word Origin and History for chaldee



with + -an + Latin Chaldaeus, from Greek Khaldaios, from Aramaic Kaldaie, from Akkadian (mat)Kaldu "the Chaldeans."

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