[ sahy-muhn; French see-mawn for 7 ]

  1. the original name of the apostle Peter.: Compare Peter (def. 1).

  2. Simon the Zealot, one of the twelve apostles. Matthew 10:4.

  1. Simon the Canaanite, one of the twelve apostles. Matthew 10:4; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15.

  2. a relative, perhaps a brother, of Jesus: sometimes identified with Simon the Canaanite. Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3.

  3. (“Simon Magus”) the Samaritan sorcerer who was converted by the apostle Philip. Acts 8:9–24.

  4. (“Simon Magus”) fl. 2nd century a.d. ?, founder of a Gnostic sect and reputed prototype of the Faust legend: often identified with the Biblical Simon Magus.

  5. Claude [French klohd], /French kloʊd/, 1913–2005, French novelist, born in Madagascar: Nobel Prize 1985.

  6. Herbert Alexander, 1916–2001, U.S. social scientist and economist: Nobel Prize 1978.

  7. Sir John (Allse·brook) [sur jon-awlz-brook], /sɜr ˈdʒɒn ˈɔlzˌbrʊk/, 1873–1954, British statesman and lawyer.

  8. Neil, 1927–2018, U.S. playwright.

  9. Paul, born 1941, U.S. singer and songwriter.

  10. a male given name, form of Simeon.

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/ (ˈsaɪmən) /

  1. the original name of (Saint) Peter (def. 1)

  2. New Testament

    • Also: Simon the Tanner a relative of Jesus, who may have been identical with Simon Zelotes (Matthew 13:55)

    • Also: Simon the Tanner a Christian of Joppa with whom Peter stayed (Acts of the Apostles 9:43)

  1. John (Allsebrook), 1st Viscount Simon. 1873–1954, British statesman and lawyer. He was Liberal home secretary (1915–16) and, as a leader of the National Liberals, foreign secretary (1931–35), home secretary (1935–37), Chancellor of the Exchequer (1937–40), Lord Chancellor (1940–45)

  2. (Marvin) Neil. born 1927, US dramatist and librettist, whose plays include Barefoot in the Park (1963), California Suite (1976), Biloxi Blues (1985), Lost in Yonkers (1990), and London Suite (1995): many have been made into films

  3. Paul. born 1941, US pop singer and songwriter. His albums include: with Art Garfunkel (born 1941), The Sounds of Silence (1966), and Bridge over Troubled Water (1970); and, solo, Graceland (1986), The Rhythm of the Saints (1990), and You're The One (2000)

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