זקן

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ז־ק־ן

From the root ז־ק־ן ‎(z-q-n). The verb is in binyan pa`al (qal).

Noun[edit]

זָקָן ‎(zaqánm (plural indefinite form זקנים, singular construct form 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 ‎(zaqénm sg indef. (m pl indef. 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 form זקנים, singular construct form זקן)

  1. An old, elderly, or aged person.

Verb[edit]

זָקַן ‎(zaqán)

  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).

Noun[edit]

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

  1. old person
  2. (chess) knight