- a masculine name: dim. Joe, Joey; equiv. L. Josephus, It. Giuseppe, Sp. José; fem. Josepha, Josephine
- Jacob's eleventh son, whose mother was Rachel: Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers but became a high official there: Gen. 30:22-24; 37; 45
- the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus: Matt. 1:18-25: his day is March 19also called Saint Joseph
Origin of Josephin allusion to Joseph's coat: Gen. 37:3 a woman's long riding coat, with a cape, worn in the 18th cent.
Origin of JosephEcclesiastical Late Latin ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Iōsēph ; from Classical Hebrew (language) yōsēph, literally , may he add: see Genesis 30:24
Origin of josephAfter Joseph, who left an outer garment in the hands of Potiphar's wife when he fled her attempt to seduce him (Genesis 39:12).
Originally Heinmot Tooyalakekt. Known as “Chief Joseph.” 1840?–1904.
1903 photograph by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952)
, Saint fl. first century AD.
- (sometimes capitalised) A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.
Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3.
Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף (Yoséf, “(God) shall add”); a son of Jacob.