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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 ?
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.
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.
This volume is the first study to focus in detail on changing perceptions of West Semites in Egypt over time using a multi-disciplined approach that synthesizes data from a wide variety of sources.
SIR - Many will have marked Holocaust Memorial Day thinking of the immorality of the state - sanctioned massacre by fascists of a group of Semites in World War Two, simply because of their ethnicity.
Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice.
What I would like to do in this article is to ask what happens if we take anti-Semitism at its word, literally that is, as targeting all Semites and not only the Jews.
The final section contains two important papers concerning Semites in Egypt and Babylon.
Although both Jews and Arabs are Semites, in the convoluted double-speak Zionist world of Philip Mendes apparently it is possible to be both 'anti-Semitic and pro-Arab' (pro-Palestinian).