- a masculine name
- the second son of Jacob and Leah, or the tribe of Israel descended from him: Gen. 29:33; Num. 1:22
- a pious man who, on seeing the infant Jesus in the Temple, spoke the words later set to the canticle “Nunc Dimittis”: Luke 2:25-32
Origin of SimeonEcclesiastical Late Latin Symeon ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Syme?n ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shim'on, literally , heard ; from sham'a, to hear
In the New Testament, the devout Jew who proclaimed the Nunc Dimittis while holding the infant Jesus in his arms.
In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Leah and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.