Definitions

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

  • In the Bible, the older son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
  • Joseph 2 Originally Heinmot Tooyalakekt. Known as "Chief Joseph.” 1840?-1904. Nez Percé leader who conducted a skillful but unsuccessful retreat from U.S. forces (1877).
  • Joseph, Saint fl. first century A.D. In the New Testament, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

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  • proper n. Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
  • proper n. The husband of Virgin Mary in the Abrahamic religions.
  • proper n. Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
  • proper n. A male given name, popular as a middle name.

Etymologies

Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף (Yoséf, "(God) shall add"); a son of Jacob. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ANECITA HUDSON, FREED POW JOSEPH HUDSON'S MOTHER: Yes, I was really exciting that I hope one of the seven was my Joseph.

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  • Joseph (_see Lives of Abraham and Joseph_), 83; as Egyptian statesman, 23.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria

  • How her heart beat as Joseph appeared, —Joseph, puffing from the staircase in shining creaking boots, —Joseph, in a new waistcoat red with heat and nervousness, and blushing behind his wadded neck-cloth.

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  • JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is proving to be a great success at Carlisle's Sands Centre - and you still have the chance to go and see it. leading man: Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat is at Carlisle Sands Centre

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  • Tim Rice's most playful, joyous and feel-good musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, is a "colorful" retelling of the Biblical life of Joseph and his amazing abilities.

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  • GOOD BUY - SHALRIE JOSEPH New England $450,000 - Joseph along with the underpaid and under appreciated Steve Ralston has been the heart and soul of ...

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  • JOSEPH Joseph has all the class of the city's most illustrious designer stores without that snobbery or stuffiness familiar to so many of them.

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  • PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH LIMPRECHT AS AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA The President announced today his intent to nominate Joseph

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  • PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH NYE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Joseph

    Nye Asst Sec Of Defense For Int L Security Affairs

  • Using the name Joseph R. Johnson, he infiltrated the inner circles of the summer camps where fraudulent mediums fleeced their credulous marks, who were derisively called “shut-eyes.”

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