• (RP) IPA: /ˈdʒəʊsəf/
  • (America) enPR: jō'səf, IPA: /ˈdʒoʊsəf/

joseph (plural josephs)

  1. (sometimes capitalised) A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈd͡ʒəʊzəf/
  • (America) enPR jō'səf, IPA: /ˈd͡ʒoʊsəf/, /ˈd͡ʒoʊzəf/
Proper noun
  1. (biblical) Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 37:3 ↗:
      Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2
      A few shocks of corn in a corner of the fallow stood up as if alive; she imagined them bowing; perhaps her son would be a Joseph.
  2. The husband of Virgin Mary.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 3:23 ↗:
      And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
  3. The 12th sura (chapter) of the Qur'an.
  4. (Christianity) Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
  5. A male given name
    • 1998 Steven Herrick, A Place Like This, Univ. of Queensland Press, ISBN 0702229849, page 86:
      I'm going to call him Joseph / or Josephine if it's a girl. / Why? / Because it's a strong name, / Joe, Joseph. / You give a kid a name like Cameron / or Alfred, or something like that, / and they end up wearing glasses / and looking at computers for the rest of their life. / - - - So Joe it is. / He'll turn out strong. Strong and smart.
  6. Surname
  7. Surname
  8. A locale in US.
    1. A city in Oregon, ;.
    2. A town in Utah, ;.
    3. A ghost town in Idaho, ;.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: sourate Youssouf
  • Russian: сура Юсуф
  • Portuguese: José de Arimateia
  • Russian: Ио́сиф Аримафе́йский
  • Spanish: José de Arimetea
Translations Noun

joseph (plural josephs)

  1. One whose chastity is above temptation (from the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Genesis xxxix).
    • 1977, Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict
      You're a kid Casanova, you're no Joseph
      It's a labor of love fucking yourself to death
      Orgasm addict, you're an orgasm addict

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