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Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף ‎(Yoséf, (God) shall add); a son of Jacob.


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  1. (biblical) Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
  2. The husband of Virgin Mary.
  3. The 12th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  4. (Christianity) Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
  5. A male given name, popular as a middle 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.

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Joseph m

  1. Joseph (biblical figure)
  2. A male given name, cognate with English Joseph.

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Joseph ? ‎(genitive Joseph)

  1. A male given name, a less common spelling of Josef.


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Joseph m

  1. A male given name


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Joseph Yoseph N'yoseph
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.