Definitions

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

  • noun A member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, and many of the peoples of Ethiopia.
  • noun A Jew.
  • noun Bible A descendant of Shem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A descendant or supposed descendant of Shem, son of Noah.
  • Of or belonging to Shem or his descendants. Also Shemite.

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

  • noun One belonging to the Semitic race. Also used adjectively.

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

  • noun A member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
  • noun A descendant of these peoples.
  • noun A member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language.
  • noun A descendant of the biblical Patriarch Shem.

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

  • noun a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from Semitic.]

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French sémite, from Late Latin, from Ancient Greek σημ (sêm), from Classical Hebrew שם (šēm, "name"), from Proto-Semitic *shem.

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