- (among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
- Rare. a Nazarene.
- Rare. Christ.
- Obsolete. a Christian.
Origin of Nazarite
1550–60; < Late Latin Nāzar(aeus) (< Greek Nāzēraîos, equivalent to nāzēr (< Hebrew nāzīr consecrated person) + -aios suffix) + -ite1
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Examples from the Web for nazarite
Let us now look into the law of the Nazarite when the days of his separation were fulfilled.Separation and Service
James Hudson Taylor
When the vows of the Nazarite were made lawfully, their matter was not indifferent.
The vows of the Nazarite were dutiful under the former dispensation.
It is the head of the Nazarite that is especially consecrated, and so it was in the taboo.Bible Studies
Joseph M. Wheeler
The devotion of the Nazarite and the affection of the Man were both perfect.Notes on the Book of Leviticus
C. H. Mackintosh
- a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite 1