The English Language

Borrowed Words From
Hebrew

29 Words Listed


Hebrew Language Notes

Hebrew is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Israel. The language became extinct except for religious services and has been revived for the modern state of Israel where it is called Ivrit.

Many of the borrowed words from this language are religious terms ("amen", "rabbi", "Satan"). There are also several food and drink terms ("cider", "cinnamon") as well as many miscellaneous words.


WordMeaningNotes
abacus   Device for calculating.
amen so be it One of many religious words from Hebrew.
bedlam    
behemoth    
cider   An apple drink.
cinnamon    
coral pebble  
elephant    
gauze    
gopher   A type of wood.
hallelujah    
Israel   Middle Eastern country.
Jew   A believer of Judaism.
jockey    
jot    
jubilee ram's horn Horns were used as trumpets during celebrations.
jug    
kibbutz gathering Communial settlement in Israel.
kosher proper Applies to food that is fit for a Jew to to eat.
leviathan    
manna   A mythical food from heaven.
maudlin    
messiah anointed The one that Jews believe is to come.
Nimrod   City in Messopotamia.
rabbi my teacher  
Sabbath rest 'Sabatical' is from the same root.
sapphire   Precious stone.
Satan   The Devil.
sodomy   Named after its place of origin.

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