Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Canaan from late prehistoric times, including the Israelites and Phoenicians.
  • noun In the Bible, a member of any of the Canaanite peoples other than the Israelites.
  • noun A subbranch of the Semitic language family including Phoenician, Hebrew, Ammonite, Moabite, and Edomite.
  • noun Any of the Semitic languages spoken by the Canaanites.
  • adjective Of or relating to ancient Canaan or its people, language, or culture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [lowercase] A variety of massive white pyroxene occurring in limestone at Canaan, Connecticut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A descendant of Canaan, the son of Ham, and grandson of Noah.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A zealot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun An ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before its conquest by Israelites.
  • proper noun A subfamily of the Semitic languages, which were spoken by the ancient peoples of the Canaan region, including Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, and Philistines.
  • noun A member of the ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before its conquest by Israelites.
  • noun by extension A zealot or fanatic.
  • noun A member of the Canaanism movement.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the people or language of Canaan.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to this sect or its followers; Canaanitic
  • adjective by extension zealous or fanatical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the extinct language of the Semitic people who occupied Canaan before the Israelite conquest
  • noun a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Canaan +‎ -ite.

Examples

  • Simon, who in Matthew and Mark was called the Canaanite, is here called Simon Zelotes, perhaps for his great zeal in religion.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • It appears personified as a being of chaos, often a giant serpent -- in Canaanite mythology, the sea is Prince Yam, the enemy of Baal.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • It appears personified as a being of chaos, often a giant serpent -- in Canaanite mythology, the sea is Prince Yam, the enemy of Baal.

    RCIA Presentation: The Old Testament

  • For example, the Hittites are identified as a Canaanite tribe, whereas in fact they were centered in Anatolia pp.

    The Great Experiment

  • For example, the Hittites are identified as a Canaanite tribe, whereas in fact they were centered in Anatolia pp.

    The Great Experiment

  • 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."

    Homosexuality And The Bible

  • 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."

    Homosexuality And The Bible

  • And he is called Canaanite, that is, Zealot, because the zeal of the Lord ate him up.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Mark

  • She herself was close to the so-called Canaanite movement and the artists associated with it.

    Ethnic Dance in the Yishuv and Israel: 1900-2000.

  • Archeologists call the Canaanite city destroyed in 1550 BCE “Jericho City IV”.

    Aron-Ra in the flesh - The Panda's Thumb

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