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1. A member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, and many of the peoples of Ethiopia.
2. A Jew.
3. Bible A descendant of Shem.

[Back-formation from Semitic.]


(ˈsiːmaɪt) or less commonly


1. (Peoples) a member of the group of Caucasoid peoples who speak a Semitic language, including the Jews and Arabs as well as the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, and Phoenicians
2. (Peoples) another word for a Jew
[C19: from New Latin sēmīta descendant of Shem, via Greek Sēm, from Hebrew Shem]


(ˈsɛm aɪt; esp. Brit. ˈsi maɪt)

1. a member of a people speaking a Semitic language.
2. a member of any of the peoples descended from Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
[1870–75; < New Latin sēmīta < Late Latin Sēm (< Greek Sḗm < Hebrew Shēm Shem) + -īta -ite1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Semite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern AfricaSemite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa
Caucasian, White, White person - a member of the Caucasoid race
Babylonian - an inhabitant of ancient Babylon
Chaldaean, Chaldean, Chaldee - an inhabitant of ancient Chaldea
Assyrian - an inhabitant of ancient Assyria
Phoenician - a member of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the first millennium B.C.
Arab, Arabian - a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
Aramaean, Aramean - a member of one of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Aram and parts of Mesopotamia from the 11th to the 8th century BC
Canaanite - a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites
Adj.1.Semite - of or relating to or characteristic of Semites; "Semite peoples"


[ˈsiːmaɪt] Nsemita mf


nSemit m, → Semitin f
References in classic literature ?
And they could all see the point except an owl that come from Nova Scotia to visit the Yo Semite, and he took this thing in on his way back.
He went by the name of Said, and was notable among other Semites for that unnatural length of his yellow face and height of his narrow forehead which is sometimes seen among them, and gave an irrational impression of something sinister, in spite of his agreeable smile.
Semite continues to court controversy, changing meanings depending on the region, realities, and politics in which it travels.
In his earlier work, Atman: A Reconstruction of the Solar Cosmology of the Indo-Europeans, the author developed an explanation of the cosmology of the postulated Noachidian race that branched into the Semite, Japhetite, and Hamite cultures of Egypt, Sumer, India, and early Europe and sought to explain how it formed the basis of their respective mythologies.
But if that's what it actually was then the pro-Palestinian demonstrators would have been insulting themselves or those they support as much as anyone, since Arabs like Jews are Semite.
GJ White, Haynestone Road, Coventry ENGLAND'S Patron Saint an ethnic Semite (Letters April 30) - Great Heavens
1) This was more than a passing nod to a subject outside of what he was writing about; on the contrary, long, detailed passages in Orientalism make it clear that the construction of the Semite was at the core of what Said was writing about.
A Semite relates to descendants of Shem (Son of Noah).
Finally, it is outright foolishness to use the term when the target is himself a Semite - like Moussawi - who happens (not unreasonably) to disagree with Zionism.
They cannot call you an anti-Semite, Palestinian sympathizer perhaps, not an anti Semite.