Hebrew Definition

  • 1a member of an ancient people living in what is now Israel and Palestine and regarded as the progenitor of the Jews.
  • 2the Semitic language of the Hebrews, in its ancient or modern form.

Using Hebrew: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "Hebrew" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt for many years.

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    The Torah is written in Hebrew.

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    She is studying Hebrew at university.

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    The Hebrew language has a unique alphabet.

Hebrew Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for Hebrew

  • Jew
  • Israelite

Phrases with Hebrew

  • the standard form of the Hebrew language spoken today in Israel and elsewhere


    Most Israelis speak Modern Hebrew as their first language.

  • the form of Hebrew used in the Bible


    Scholars study Biblical Hebrew to better understand the Old Testament.

  • the Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings


    The Hebrew Bible is also known as the Tanakh.

Origins of Hebrew

from Old French 'hebreu', from Latin 'Hebraeus', from Greek 'Hebraios', from Aramaic 'ʿibrāy


Summary: Hebrew in Brief

Hebrew [ˈhiːbruː] refers to both an ancient people who lived in Israel and Palestine and the Semitic language they spoke. The Hebrews are considered the progenitors of the Jews. Hebrew is the language of the Torah and the Jewish scriptures, and it has both ancient and modern forms. Examples of usage include 'She is studying Hebrew at university' and 'The Hebrew language has a unique alphabet.'