Semite 1847, "Jew, Arab, Assyrian, Aramæan," from Mod.L. Semita, from L.L. Sem "Shem," one of the three sons of Noah (Gen. x:21-30), regarded as the ancestor of the Semites (in the days when anthropology was still bound by the Bible), from Heb. Shem.

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  • Semite — [sem′īt΄; ] chiefly Brit [ sē′mīt΄] n. [ModL Semita < LL(Ec) Sem, Shem < Gr (Ec) Sem < Heb shem, a son of Noah (Gen.7:13)] 1. a person regarded as descended from Shem 2. a member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Semite — UK [ˈsiːmaɪt] / UK [ˈsemaɪt] / US [ˈseˌmaɪt] noun [countable] Word forms Semite : singular Semite plural Semites someone who belongs to any of several groups of people who originally came from the Middle East, including Jews and Arabs …   English dictionary

  • Semite — noun Etymology: French sémite, from Semitic Shem, from Late Latin, from Greek Sēm, from Hebrew Shēm Date: 1848 1. a. a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs b. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Semite — /sem uyt/ or, esp. Brit., /see muyt/, n. 1. a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs. 2. a Jew. 3. a member of any of the peoples… …   Universalium

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