Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ancient tribe in northwest Arabia, said in the Hebrew Scriptures to be descendants of Abraham.

Etymologies

Hebrew midyān; see dyn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It takes some fair cojones to argue with your tribal deity -- Moses had a good thing going in Midian, and he's supposed to give that up to take on the might of Egypt?

    Chosen ones

  • Hereupon Moses fled into the land of Midian, and made no further attempt to deliver Israel till forty years after; he settled as a stranger in Midian, married, and had two sons, by Jethro's daughter, v. 29.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • It is the opinion of many of the ancients that this history was written by Moses himself in Midian, and delivered to his suffering brethren in Egypt, for their support and comfort under their burdens, and the encouragement of their hope that God would in due time deliver and enrich them, as he did this patient sufferer.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • When forty years had expired (during all which time Moses was buried alive in Midian, and was now grown old, and one would think past service), that it might appear that all his performances were products of a divine power and promise (as it appeared that Isaac was a child of promise by his being born of parents stricken in years), now, at eighty years old, he enters upon that post of honour to which he was born, in recompence for his self-denial at forty years old.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • He had fled Egypt for a place called Midian after killing an Egyptian guard whom he had seen beating a Hebrew slave.

    The 7

  • In this great torture-the-sorority-chick scene from Clive Barker’s hellaciously awesome movie Nightbreed, a nice girl from the human world searches for her missing boyfriend in the demon ghetto below a cemetery called Midian

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  • "Midian" was a tribe which according to the Scriptures was scattered rather widely in northwestern Arabia, on the eastern portion of the peninsula of Sinai and even east of Palestine near Moab; cf. Ge 36: 35;

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Hmmmm.:) Camilla said every bar is ownd by some faction or group in Midian.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Presently we hear of them in Ireland, where they are the guests of Lord Talbot of Malahide, and later he lectured at various places on "Midian" and

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • [FN#437] i.e. it had been given to him or his in writing, like the book left to the old woman before quoted in "Midian," etc.

    Arabian nights. English

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