) KEY NOUN:
- A member or descendant of a Semitic people claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite; a Jew.
- The Semitic language of the ancient Hebrews.
- Any of the various later forms of this language, especially the language of the Israelis.
- Hebrews(used with a sing. verb) Abbr. Heb. A book of the Bible. See Table at Bible.
Middle English Ebreu
, from Old French, from Latin Hebraeus
, from Greek Hebraios
, from Aramaic 'ibry
, from Hebrew 'ibrîOTHER FORMS:Hebrew(Adjective)