Definition of Hebrew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhiːbruː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhiːbruː//
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  1. 1a member of an ancient race of people living in what is now Israel and Palestine. Their writings and traditions form the basis of the Jewish religion.
  2. 2the language traditionally used by the Hebrew people See related entries: Languages
  3. 3a modern form of the Hebrew language which is the official language of modern Israel See related entries: Languages
  4. compare Yiddish
    Word Originfrom Old French Ebreu, via Latin from late Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic ‘ib̲ray, based on Hebrew ‘ib̲rî understood to mean ‘one from the other side (of the river)’.

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