Kohen

[ koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin ]
/ ˈkoʊ ən; Sephardic Hebrew kɔˈhɛn; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊˈheɪn, ˈkoʊ heɪn, kɔɪn /
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noun, plural Ko·ha·nim [Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, koh-hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, koʊˈhɑ nɪm/, English Ko·hens.

Definition for kohen (2 of 2)

Cohen

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or Ko·hen

[ koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin ]
/ ˈkoʊ ən; Sephardic Hebrew kɔˈhɛn Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊˈheɪn, ˈkoʊ heɪn, kɔɪn /

noun, plural Co·ha·nim [Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, -hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, -ˈhɑ nɪm/, English Co·hens.

a member of the Jewish priestly class, descended from Aaron, having sacrificial, ministerial, and other sacred functions from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d. and now having essentially honorific religious duties and prerogatives.

Origin of Cohen

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From the Hebrew word kōhēn priest
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British Dictionary definitions for kohen (1 of 3)

Kohen

Cohen

/ (kɒˈhɛn, kɔɪn) /

noun

Judaism a member of the priestly family of the Tribe of Levi, descended from Aaron, who has certain ritual privileges in the synagogue service

Word Origin for Kohen

from Hebrew, literally: priest

British Dictionary definitions for kohen (2 of 3)

Cohen

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/ (ˈkəʊən) /

noun

Leonard. born 1934, Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet; recordings include Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), I'm Your Man (1988), and Ten New Songs (2001)
Stanley. born 1922, US biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1986

British Dictionary definitions for kohen (3 of 3)

Cohen

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/ (kɒˈhɛn, kɔɪn) /

noun

a variant spelling of Kohen
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Word Origin and History for kohen

Cohen


Jewish surname indicating priestly descent, from Hebrew kohen "priest," from base of kihen "he acted as priest," related to Arabic kahana "he divined, prophesied."

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Medicine definitions for kohen

Cohen

[ kōən ]
Stanley Born 1922

American biochemist. He shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the epidermal growth factor.
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