from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Bible The Writings.
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- proper n. the third division of the Hebrew scriptures; the Writings
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The last of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, comprising Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Canticles, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles, or that portion of the Old Testament not contained in the Law (
Tora) and the Prophets ( Nevi'im) -- it is also called in Hebrew the Ketuvim. Together with the Tora and Nevi'im, it comprises the Hebrew Bible, which is called in Hebrew the Tanach, a vocalization of the first letters of its three parts.
- n.pl. The lives of the saints.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The Greek name of the last (Hebrew Ketubim or writings) of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, differently reckoned, but usually comprising the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ruth, Esther, Chronicles, Canticles, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
Late Latin, from Late Greek, from neuter pl. of hagiographos, written by inspiration, scriptural : Greek hagio-, hagio- + Greek -graphos, written (from graphein, to write; see -graph).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)