- a masculine name: dim. Joe, Joey; equiv. L. Josephus, It. Giuseppe, Sp. José; fem. Josepha, Josephine
- Jacob's eleventh son, whose mother was Rachel: Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers but became a high official there: Gen. 30:22-24; 37; 45
- the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus: Matt. 1:18-25: his day is March 19also called Saint Joseph
Origin of Josephsee Joseph's coat a woman's long riding coat, with a cape, worn in the 18th cent.
Origin of JosephEcclesiastical Late Latin from Ecclesiastical Greek I?s?ph from Classical Hebrew (language) y?s?ph, literally , may he add: see Genesis 30:24