1. the successor of Moses as leader of the Israelites. Deut. 31:14, 23; 34:9.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Josh.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is salvation.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of joshua

  • Furthermore, events are related which took place after Joshua's death.

  • Shall we pray for a second Joshua, arresting the sun, pending deliberation?

  • His father was engaged in that business; and Joshua entered his office at fifteen.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Joshua provided for them, but the critical newspapers overlooked that point.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

  • Joshua turned and took another step; but Gorman was loath to let him go.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

British Dictionary definitions for joshua


noun Old Testament
  1. Moses' successor, who led the Israelites in the conquest of Canaan
  2. the book recounting his deeds
Douay spelling: Josue (ˈdʒɒsjʊiː)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for joshua


masc. proper name, biblical successor of Moses, from Hebrew Yehoshua, literally "the Lord is salvation." Joshua tree (1867) is perhaps so called because its shape compared to pictures of Joshua brandishing a spear (Josh. viii:18). In the top 10 list of names for boys in the U.S. since 1979.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

joshua in Culture


In the Old Testament, the leader who brought the Israelites into the Promised Land after the death of Moses. Joshua is best known for his destruction of the city of Jericho. When Joshua was besieging the city, God instructed him to have his priests blow their trumpets and all his troops give a great shout. At the sound of the shout, the walls of the city collapsed, and Joshua's troops rushed in. (SeeJoshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.”)

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