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, Saint fl. first century ad.
In the New Testament, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Jo·seph 1

 (jō′zəf, -səf)
In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.

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Chief Joseph
1903 photograph by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

Jo·seph 2

 (jō′zəf, -səf) Originally Heinmot Tooyalakekt. Known as "Chief Joseph." 1840?-1904.
Nez Perce leader who conducted a skillful but unsuccessful retreat from US forces (1877).


 (jō′zəf, -səf)
A long riding coat with a small cape, worn by women in the 1700s.

[After Josephwho left an outer garment in the hands of Potiphar's wife when he fled her attempt to seduce him (Genesis 39:12).]
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1. (Bible) Old Testament
a. the eleventh son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 30:2–24)
b. either or both of two tribes descended from his sons Ephraim and Manasseh
2. (Bible) Saint Joseph New Testament the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:16–25). Feast day: Mar 19


(Clothing & Fashion) a woman's floor-length riding coat with a small cape, worn esp in the 18th century
[perhaps from the story of Joseph and his long coat (Genesis 37:3)]
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(ˈdʒoʊ zəf, -səf)

1. a son of Jacob and Rachel who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Gen. 30:22–24; 37.
2. the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Matt. 1:16–25.
3. (Hinmaton-yalaktit), c1840–1904, leader of the Nez Percé.
4. (l.c.) a woman's riding coat popular in colonial America.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Joseph - leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)Joseph - leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
2.Joseph - (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
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
3.Joseph - (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible
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nJoseph m, → Josef m
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Her husband, Josef Albers (1888-1976), a powerhouse of modernism in his own right, was a painter, printmaker, designer, and inspirational art teacher, who is best remembered for his Homage to the Square, a color series of more than 1,000 pictures executed between 1950 and 1976.
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Polivka makes Josef's basic decency plausible, especially in contrast with the toadying of Horst Prohaska (Jaroslav Dusek), who keeps dropping in, mostly to admire Marie but also to encourage Josef to join him in working for the local German authorities.
Then, things come together in Josef Strauss's "Dynamiden," a gem of a piece that is worth the price of the entire disc.
Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to." Josef recalls this nugget of wisdom from his Czech mentor in magic, Bernard Kornblum--an "Ausbrecher, a performing illusionist who specialized in tricks with straitjackets and handcuffs--the sort of act made famous by Harry Houdini."
Josef Meyer said that the good flow of orders was due to reliability and overhaul service options.
In another vein, Capek's comic fantasy Ze zivota hmyzu (with Josef, 1921; The Insect Play) satirizes human greed.
Josef also cited Manikan's loving wife, veteran actress Susan Africa 'who has been by his side all this time.'