Joseph

Primary Meanings of Joseph

1.
n
(New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
2.
n
(Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt
3.
n
leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
Full Definitions of Joseph
1

n (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus

Example of:
carpenter
a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
2

n (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt

Example of:
patriarch
any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
3

n leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)

Synonyms:
Chief Joseph
Example of:
Nez Perce
a member of a tribe of the Shahaptian people living on the pacific coast
Indian chief, Indian chieftain
the leader of a group of Native Americans

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