nounpl. Ko·hens or Ko·ha·nim Judaism
A male Jew belonging to a patrilineal line claiming descent from Aaron. Kohanim served as priests in ancient Judaism, and present-day Kohanim are accorded special status in Orthodox Judaism.
Origin of KohenHebrew k&omacron;h&emacron;n, priest; akin to Aramaic kahna and Ugaritic khn.