or kor·ban

[ kawr-buh n; Sephardic Hebrew kawr-bahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew kawr-buh n ]
/ ˈkɔr bən; Sephardic Hebrew kɔrˈbɑn; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈkɔr bən /


a sacrifice or offering made to God, especially among the ancient Hebrews in fulfillment of a vow.

Origin of corban

1350–1400; Middle English < Hebrew qorbān literally, a drawing near Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corban

/ (ˈkɔːbən, Hebrew kɔrˈban) /


Old Testament a gift to God
New Testament Judaism the Temple treasury or a consecration or gift to it (Matthew 27:6; Mark 7:11)

Word Origin for corban

C14: from Late Latin, from Greek korban, from Hebrew qorbān offering, literally: a drawing near
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