- family of Jewish patriots who, under Judas Maccabaeus, headed a successful revolt against the Syrians (175-164 ) & ruled Palestine until 37
- Bible two books of the Old Testament Apocrypha that tell of this revolt: abbrev. M, Macc, or Mc
Origin of MaccabeesEcclesiastical Late Latin Machabaei, plural of Machabaeus, surname of Judas ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Makkabaios ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Aramaic maqq?b?, hammer: hence, literally , the hammerer
See Table at Bible.