from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sacrifice made to God by the ancient Hebrews at the Temple in Jerusalem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An offering of any kind, devoted to God and therefore not to be appropriated to any other use; esp., an offering in fulfillment of a vow.
- n. An alms basket; a vessel to receive gifts of charity; a treasury of the church, where offerings are deposited.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Judaism, an offering of any sort to God, particularly in fulfilment of a VOW.
- n. Same as corbana.
- n. In the Coptic liturgy, the eucharistic oblate or host, divisible into nine parts, the central one of which is called the spoudicon. See despoticon and pearl.
Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek korbān, from Hebrew qorbān, from qārab, to approach; see qrb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)