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  1. (among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
  2. Rare. a Nazarene.
  3. Rare. Christ.
  4. Obsolete. a Christian.
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Origin of Nazarite

1550–60; < Late Latin Nāzar(aeus) (< Greek Nāzēraîos, equivalent to nāzēr (< Hebrew nāzīr consecrated person) + -aios suffix) + -ite1
Related formsNaz·a·rit·ic [naz-uh-rit-ik] /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nazarite

Historical Examples

  • Let us now look into the law of the Nazarite when the days of his separation were fulfilled.

    Separation and Service

    James Hudson Taylor

  • The vows of the Nazarite were dutiful under the former dispensation.

  • When the vows of the Nazarite were made lawfully, their matter was not indifferent.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for nazarite


  1. another word for Nazarene (def. 1), Nazarene (def. 2)
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  1. a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite 1
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