Dictionary.com

Shem

[ shem ]
/ ʃɛm /
Save This Word!

noun

the eldest of the three sons of Noah. Genesis 10:21.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also Douay Bible, Sem [sem] /sɛm/ .

Origin of Shem

From Late Latin Sem, from Greek Sḗm, from Hebrew Shēm, of uncertain origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for Shem

Shem
/ (ʃɛm) /

noun

Old Testament the eldest of Noah's three sons (Genesis 10:21)Douay spelling: Sem (sɛm)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?