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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.]
Semite(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]
Sem•ite(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.
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|Noun||1.||Semite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa|
Babylonian - an inhabitant of ancient Babylon
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"|