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

  • In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Leah and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
  • An ancient kingdom of southern Palestine between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It lasted from the division of Palestine in 931 B.C. until the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Fourth son of Jacob, by his wife Leah.
  • proper n. One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Judah, from which David and his lineage came.
  • proper n. The name of the southern Israelite kingdom which continued to be ruled by the Davidic dynasty after Solomon's death and the breakup of the united monarchy, with the northern portion keeping the name Israel.
  • proper n. A male given name.

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

  • n. an ancient kingdom of southern Palestine with Jerusalem as its center
  • n. (Old Testament) the fourth son of Jacob who was forebear of one of the tribes of Israel; one of his descendants was to be the Messiah

Etymologies

Hebrew yəhûdâ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Testament Hebrew יְהוּדָה (Yehuda), a son of Jacob. (Wiktionary)

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