- 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 Bible, a son of Jacob and Leah and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
In the New Testament, the devout Jew who proclaimed the Nunc Dimittis while holding the infant Jesus in his arms.