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From Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (yəhôšūaʿ).


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɒʃjuːə/

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The sixth book of the Old Testament of Bible, and a book of the Tanakh.
  2. The son of Nun, Judge of Israel following Moses; author of the Book of Joshua; Quranic figure.
    • So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
  3. A male given name.
    • 1835 The Literary Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds. To Which is Prefixed a Memoir by H.W.Beechey, London: T. Cadell, Strand, page 33:
      "His father had a notion," observes Malone, on the authority of Dr. Percy, Bishop of Dromore, "that it might at some future period of his life be an advantage to a child to bear an uncommon Christian name, - - - Hence our author derived the scriptural name of Joshua, which, though not very uncommon, occurs less frequently than many others." But another biographer has suggested, with more appearance of reason, that it was probably given to him because an uncle, who was one of his godfathers, bore the same name,

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