[ sim-ee-uhn ]

  1. a son of Jacob and Leah. Genesis 29:33.

  2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.

  1. a devout man of Jerusalem who praised God for letting him see the infant Jesus. Luke 2:25–35.: See also Nunc Dimittis (def. 1).

  2. a male given name.

Origin of Simeon

From Late Latin Symeon, from Greek Symeṓn, from Hebrew Shimʿōn, of uncertain origin and meaning, traditionally translated as “(God) has heard”

Words Nearby Simeon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Simeon in a sentence

  • Speech,” Simeon declares, “is but the mechanical result of certain adjustments of the vocal organs.

    The Lure of Realism | Taylor Antrim | September 8, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And over against the border of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side, one portion for Simeon.

  • And by the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west side, one portion for Issachar.

  • He was a native of Sarabatha, and of the tribe of Simeon, according to the more general opinion.

  • Many, once among the bravest, strove to flee in the darkness down to the port of St. Simeon and escape by sea.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for Simeon


/ (ˈsɪmɪən) /

    • Old Testament the second son of Jacob and Leah

    • the tribe descended from him

    • the territory once occupied by this tribe in the extreme south of the land of Canaan

  1. New Testament a devout Jew, who recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah and uttered the canticle Nunc Dimittis over him in the Temple (Luke 2:25–35)

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