- Archaic a chest or coffer
- an enclosure in a synagogue or temple for the scrolls of the Torah
- a place or thing furnishing protection; refuge
- the huge boat in which Noah, his family, and two of every kind of creature survived the Flood: Gen. 6
- ark of the covenant
- a large, flat-bottomed boat formerly used on rivers
Origin of arkOld English earc from Ecclesiastical Late Latin arca from L, a box from arcere, to shut up, enclose: see exercise
- often Ark Bible The chest containing the Ten Commandments written on stone tablets, carried by the Hebrews during their desert wanderings. Also called Ark of the Covenant .
- often Ark Judaism The Holy Ark.
- Bible The boat built by Noah for survival during the Flood.
- Nautical A large, commodious boat.
- A shelter or refuge.
Origin of arkMiddle English from Old English arc from Germanic arka from Latin arca chest
From Old English ærc, from Latin arca (“chest, box, coffer”), from arceō (“I enclose”).
- The boat built by the Biblical Noah to carry himself and the animals of the planet during the Flood; (see Noah's Ark)
- The chest carried by the Hebrews containing the stone tablets carved with the Ten Commandments; (see Ark of the Covenant)
- Abbreviation of Arkansas.