Joseph definition

jōzəf, -səf
(name, person, proper) A masculine name: dim. Joe, Joey; equiv. L. Josephus, It. Giuseppe, Sp. José; fem. Josepha, Josephine.
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In the New Testament, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.
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(person) 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
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(person) 1840?-1904; Nez Percé Indian chief.
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In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
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Nez Perce leader who conducted a skillful but unsuccessful retreat from US forces (1877).
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A woman's long riding coat, with a cape, worn in the 18th cent.
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(person) The husband of Mary, mother of Jesus: Matt. 1:18-25: his day is March 19
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(sometimes capitalised) A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.
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Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
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The husband of Virgin Mary.
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The 12th sura (chapter) of the Quran.
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(Christianity) Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
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A male given name, popular as a middle name.
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A long riding coat with a small cape, worn by women in the 1700s.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
joseph
Plural:
josephs

Origin of joseph

  • After Joseph who left an outer garment in the hands of Potiphar's wife when he fled her attempt to seduce him (Genesis 39:12)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף (Yoséf, “(God) shall add”); a son of Jacob.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3.

    From Wiktionary