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joseph Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
    Chief Joseph.
  2. noun (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt
  3. noun (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus

Jo"seph noun
  1. An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front. Fairholt.

Webster 1913