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Cohen

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[koh-uh n]
noun
  1. Morris Raphael,1880–1947, U.S. philosopher and educator, born in Russia.
  2. Octav·us Roy [ok-tav-uh s] /ɒkˈtæv əs/, 1891–1959, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
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Cohen

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or Ko·hen

[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin]
noun, plural Co·ha·nim [Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, -hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, -ˈhɑ nɪm/, English Co·hens.
  1. a member of the Jewish priestly class, descended from Aaron, having sacrificial, ministerial, and other sacred functions from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d. and now having essentially honorific religious duties and prerogatives.
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Origin of Cohen

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From the Hebrew word kōhēn priest
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Cohen

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noun
  1. Leonard. born 1934, Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet; recordings include Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), I'm Your Man (1988), and Ten New Songs (2001)
  2. Stanley. born 1922, US biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1986
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Cohen

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noun
  1. a variant spelling of Kohen
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Word Origin and History for cohen

Cohen

Jewish surname indicating priestly descent, from Hebrew kohen "priest," from base of kihen "he acted as priest," related to Arabic kahana "he divined, prophesied."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cohen in Medicine

Cohen

(kōən)Stanley Born 1922
  1. American biochemist. He shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the epidermal growth factor.
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