זקן

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Aramaic[edit]

Verb[edit]

זְקַן (zəqan)

  1. (Jewish Babylonian Aramaic) to age

Hebrew[edit]

Root
ז־ק־ן

Noun[edit]

זָקָן (zaqánm (plural indefinite זקנים, singular construct זקן־)

  1. A beard.
    • Leviticus 19:27
      לֹא תַקִּפוּ פְּאַת רֹאשְׁכֶם וְלֹא תַשְׁחִית אֵת פְּאַת זְקָנֶךָ׃‏
      (please add an English translation of this usage example)

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Adjective[edit]

זָקֵן (zaqén) (masculine plural זקנים)

  1. old, elderly, aged

Usage notes[edit]

  • This adjective refers only to human beings, animals, and plants. For inanimate objects, the adjective ישן (yashán, old, longstanding) is used.
  • This adjective means “old” specifically in the sense of “elderly”; English old as in (for example) “old enough to drive a car” or “he's older than she is” would usually be translated to Hebrew with the adjective מבוגר (m'vugár, old, adult), and English old as in (for example) “forty years old” would usually be translated to Hebrew with either the masculine noun בן (ben, old, son) or the feminine noun בת (bat, old, daughter).

Noun[edit]

זָקֵן (zaqénm (plural indefinite זקנים, singular construct זקן־)

  1. elder, sage

Verb[edit]

זָקַן (zaqán) (pa'al construction)

  1. To grow old, to grow elderly, to age.

Usage notes[edit]

In Modern Israeli Hebrew this verb is considered flowery. In everyday usage the verb הזדקן (hizdakén) is preferred.

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Yiddish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew זָקֵן (zakén).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

זקן (zoknm, plural זקנים (zkeynem), feminine זקנה (zkeyne), feminine plural זקנות (zkeynes)

  1. old person
  2. (chess) knight

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