- a person regarded as descended from Shem
- a member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, including the Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc.
- Jew: a loose usage
Origin of SemiteModern Latin Semita ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Sem, Shem ; from Classical Greek (Ec) Sem ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shem, a son of Noah (Gen. 7:13)
- 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.
- A Jew.
- Bible A descendant of Shem.
Origin of SemiteBack-formation from Semitic.