Adjective "hebrew" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A member of an ancient people living in what is now Israel and Palestine and, according to biblical tradition, descended from the patriarch Jacob, grandson of Abraham. After the Exodus (c.1300 BC) they established the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and their scriptures and traditions form the basis of the Jewish religion.
  1. 'Like their cousins back in England, these American Puritans strongly identified with both the historical traditions and customs of the ancient Hebrews of the Old Testament.'
  2. 'So what you had was, a rewriting by conquerors, of the religious doctrines of the Hebrews and Jews, successively.'
  3. 'Since, however, the rules of his religion were harsh and demanding, the Hebrews killed him.'
  4. 'He had dreamed what seemed to be the unimaginable: He saw a time when the Hebrews were free!'
  5. 'It explains that the Hebrews are descendants from Abraham, who, with God, formed the covenant.'
  6. 'All are Hebrews, but only the descendants of Judah are Jews.'
  7. 'We must not forget that the writer of Hebrews uses Israel's failure to enter the Promised Land to warn us.'
  8. 'With these goals in mind, the reader can meet the ancient Hebrews anew, appreciating their unique voice as members of their own world.'
  9. 'It's not clear whether this debt is owed to all Egyptians, or just the descendants of the slave-owners from whom the biblical Hebrews presumably expropriated this bounty.'
  10. 'Many early travellers in Sinai were both enchanted and challenged by the inscriptions, some attributing them to the Hebrews of the Exodus.'
The Semitic language spoken by the Hebrews, in its ancient or modern form.
  1. 'She was the same and she didn't speak Hebrew or Sanskrit did she?'
  2. 'In addition, the books contained therein were written in three different languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.'
  3. 'Another example of a resuscitated language is modern Hebrew.'
  4. 'Arabic is a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Aramaic.'
  5. 'For some reason it occurred to me that a stuttered yet polite ‘Excuse me, I do not speak Hebrew, please repeat what you just said in English.’'
  6. 'Briefly she spared a thought for the other customers around them, and was grateful they were speaking in Hebrew instead of English.'
  7. 'In this period, Hebrew was spoken, and Hebrew is a Semitic language, just like Arabic.'
  8. 'As I don't speak Hebrew, I'm bound to the choppy English translations.'
  9. 'He was particularly committed to the revitalization of Hebrew as a modern, spoken language.'
  10. 'Unfortunately, despite its recent translation into languages as diverse as Hebrew and Icelandic, there are currently no plans to translate the book into Indonesian.'


Of or in Hebrew.
  1. 'Yesterday the front entrance to the Paradise Hotel was blocked off by yellow tape with Hebrew lettering.'
  2. '‘They wanted a systematic book that compared with the already existent Greek and Hebrew versions,’ says Shaw.'
  3. 'Yet if modern Hebrew is the reincarnation of Yiddish, he must show a relationship rather than what the Hebrew pioneers claim to have achieved, a rupture.'
  4. 'Here, the Hebrew letters spelling ‘David Thomas’ run from bottom to top.'
  5. 'Each new title of his sells in excess of 50,000 copies in the Hebrew editions alone, ahead of being translated into more than a dozen other languages, including Arabic.'
  6. 'Well the Hebrew word is a word that means messenger.'
  7. 'It is now surrounded by shops, travel agencies, and even juice carts equipped with Hebrew signage.'
Of the Hebrews or the Jews.
  1. 'But this sparked numerous complaints, most notably from practising Jews who said it interfered with Hebrew festivals, and was scrapped.'
  2. 'He could not be expected to respond to Hebrew music, but his comment on the Queens' service testifies to his attentive and critical ear.'
  3. 'The ‘professor,’ it turned out, had once taught Hebrew school at elementary level, but soon got fired.'
  4. 'And on Sunday we celebrated Lucy's Hebrew naming ceremony.'


1. a member of the Semitic peoples inhabiting ancient Palestine and claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite.

2. a Semitic language of the Afroasiatic family, the language of the ancient Hebrews, which, although not in a vernacular use from 100 b.c. to the 20th century, was retained as the scholarly and liturgical language of Jews and is now the national language of Israel.Abbreviation:Heb. adjective

3. Hebraic.

4. noting or pertaining to the script developed fro

More examples(as adjective)

"words can be hebrew."

"poetries can be hebrew."

"universities can be hebrew."

"scriptureses can be hebrew."

"bibles can be hebrew."

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(Hebrew)From Old French Ebreu, via Latin from late Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic ‘iḇray, based on Hebrew ‘iḇrî understood to mean ‘one from the other side (of the river)’.