a member of an ancient desert people of northwest Arabia near the Gulf of Aqaba, believed to have descended from Midian.


of or relating to the Midianites.

Origin of Midianite

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  • There he married the daughter of the Midianite priest Reuel.

    A Brief Bible History

    James Oscar Boyd

  • A little more and it will sink under the wave of the Midianite invasion.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson

  • But Midianite tribes had also pushed northwards and mingled with the descendants of Ishmael.

  • The Midianite Baal accompanied the Israelites into the wilderness, and that worship was never thoroughly eradicated.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • Round the outside of the wall, therefore, like the Midianite in the rather comical hymn, did Clare prowl and prowl.

    A Rough Shaking

    George MacDonald