Semite: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sem'īt or, esp. Brit., sē'mīt), [key]
— 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 descended from Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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