- a member of a priestly family of Jewish rulers and leaders in Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries b.c.
Also Has·mo·nae·an, Asmonean, Asmonaean.
Origin of Hasmonean
1610–20; variant (with h- < Hebrew kh-) of Asmonean < Late Latin Asmōnae(us) of Hasmōn (< Greek Asmṓnaios) + -an
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Examples from the Web for hasmonean
The Hasmonean monarchs who got themselves disliked by the Pharisees must therefore be villains.The Real Story of Hanukkah
December 15, 2012
Settlements and related issues—does anyone remember the Hasmonean Tunnel crisis?Bibi’s Tried-and-True Settlement Weapon
November 6, 2012
The rabbis honored the victory won by the Maccabees, but despised the Hasmonean dynasty that came to power as a result.
This Yom Yerushalayim, we are still stuck in the Hasmonean period.
Their Hasmonean kingdom was the last independent Jewish state for more than 2,000 years, until Israel was created.Why Israel Named Its Gaza War After a Hanukkah Poem
December 30, 2008
This last scion of the Hasmonean house held a brief royal sway from 40 to 37.
More deeds of needless bloodshed were perpetrated by his wanton command until every remnant of the Hasmonean house was destroyed.