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



BrE BrE//ˈsemaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsemaɪt//
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a member of the peoples who speak Semitic languages, including Arabs and Jews Word Originfrom modern Latin Semita, via late Latin from Greek Sēm ‘Shem’, son of Noah in the Bible, from whom these people were traditionally supposed to be descended.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Semite

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