- the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:35.
- one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
- the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in S Palestine, including the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.Compare Ephraim(def 3).
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “praised.”
Also Douay Bible, Ju·da (for defs 1–3).
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- the fourth son of Jacob, one of whose descendants was to be the Messiah (Genesis 29:35; 49:8–12)
- the tribe descended from him
- the tribal territory of his descendants which became the nucleus of David's kingdom and, after the kingdom had been divided into Israel and Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, with Jerusalem as its centre
Douay spelling: Juda
Word Origin and History for judah
masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob by Leah, also the name of a tribe of Israel, from Hebrew Yehudah, from stem of y-d-h, literally "praised."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper