Joseph

[ joh-zuhf, -suhf ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səf /

noun

Jacob's eleventh son, the first of Jacob and his second wife, Rachel: sold into slavery by his brothers. Genesis 30:22–24; 37.
the husband of Mary who was the mother of Jesus. Matthew 1:16–25.
Hinmaton-yalaktit, c1840–1904, leader of the Nez Percé: led 1,000-mile (1,600-km) retreat from U.S. forces in an attempt to reach Canada in 1877.
(lowercase) a long coat buttoning in the front, worn especially by women as part of their riding habit in colonial America.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “increaser.”

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British Dictionary definitions for Joseph (1 of 2)

joseph
/ (ˈdʒəʊzɪf) /

noun

a woman's floor-length riding coat with a small cape, worn esp in the 18th century

Word Origin for joseph

perhaps from the story of Joseph and his long coat (Genesis 37:3)

British Dictionary definitions for Joseph (2 of 2)

Joseph
/ (ˈdʒəʊzɪf) /

noun

Old Testament
  1. the eleventh son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 30:2–24)
  2. either or both of two tribes descended from his sons Ephraim and Manasseh
Saint Joseph New Testament the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:16–25). Feast day: Mar 19
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