Definitions of Joseph
  1. noun
    (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
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    a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
  2. noun
    (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
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    any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
  3. noun
    leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
    synonyms: Chief Joseph
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    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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