American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a Semitic people inhabiting Canaan from late prehistoric times and who were conquered by the Israelites around 1000 B.C.
- n. The Semitic language of the Canaanites.
- adj. Of or relating to ancient Canaan or its people, language, or culture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A descendant of Canaan, son of Ham (Gen. x. 15-19); more generally, one of the primitive inhabitants of the land of Canaan, named from him, lying between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, and included in modern Palestine. The Canaanites proper (Gen, xvi, 21, etc.) were one of a number of tribes to which the name was collectively applied, severally governed by so-called kings, and which were conquered by the Israelites after a prolonged struggle.
- n. A title of one of the twelve apostles (“Simon the Canaanite,” Mat: x. 4), called elsewhere (Luke vi. 15, Acts i. 13) Zelotes, that is, the zealot: it is a transliteration of an Aramaic word signifying zeal, or a zealot.
- n. [lowercase] A variety of massive white pyroxene occurring in limestone at Canaan, Connecticut.
- n. An ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before its conquest by Israelites.
- n. A subfamily of the Semitic languages, which were spoken by the ancient peoples of the Canaan region, including Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, and Philistines.
- n. A member of the ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before its conquest by Israelites.
- n. by extension A zealot or fanatic.
- n. A member of the Canaanism movement.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the people or language of Canaan.
- adj. Of or pertaining to this sect or its followers; Canaanitic
- adj. by extension zealous or fanatical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A descendant of Canaan, the son of Ham, and grandson of Noah.
- n. A Native or inhabitant of the land of Canaan, esp. a member of any of the tribes who inhabited Canaan at the time of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
- n. A zealot.
- n. the extinct language of the Semitic people who occupied Canaan before the Israelite conquest
- n. a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites
- From Canaan + -ite. (Wiktionary)
“Simon, who in Matthew and Mark was called the Canaanite, is here called Simon Zelotes, perhaps for his great zeal in religion.”
“It appears personified as a being of chaos, often a giant serpent -- in Canaanite mythology, the sea is Prince Yam, the enemy of Baal.”
“For example, the Hittites are identified as a Canaanite tribe, whereas in fact they were centered in Anatolia pp.”
“Likewise Deut. 23: 17-18 must be pruned from the list, since it most likely refers to a heterosexual prostitute involved in Canaanite fertility rites that have infiltrated Jewish worship; the King James Version inaccurately labeled him a "sodomite.”
“And he is called Canaanite, that is, Zealot, because the zeal of the Lord ate him up.”
“She herself was close to the so-called Canaanite movement and the artists associated with it.”
“Archeologists call the Canaanite city destroyed in 1550 BCE “Jericho City IV”.”
“And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite -- Like Esau [Ge”
“Subsequent studies showed that inscriptions and seals bearing the names of Hyksos rulers were West Semitic—in other words, Canaanite.”
“His namesake, the other Simon, was termed the Canaanite, and also Zelotes, [38: 7] or the zealot -- a title expressive, in all likelihood, of the zeal and earnestness with which he was wont to carry out his principles.”
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