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Alternative formsEdit

  • (book of the Bible, Judge of Israel): Josue (obsolete)


From Biblical Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ(Yehoshúa'), perhaps from הוֹשֵׁעַ(Hoshéa') with addition of יהוה(YHWH, Yahweh), thus meaning "Yahweh is salvation". See הוֹשִׁיעַ(hoshía', to save). By cognate a direct equivalent to Jesus via Latin Iēsus and Ancient Greek Ἰησοῦς (Iēsoûs) from Aramaic יֵשׁוּע(Yēšū́ʿ), akin to Hebrew יֵשׁוּעַ(Yeshúa'), a variant of Yehoshúa'. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament consistently render the two Hebrew names Yehoshúa' (whence Joshua) and Yeshúa' (whence Jeshua) into Koine Greek as Iēsoûs (whence Jesus).


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɒʃ(j)uːə/
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Proper nounEdit


  1. The sixth book of the Old Testament of Bible, and a book of the Tanakh.
    Synonym: (abbreviation) Josh.
  2. The son of Nun, Judge of Israel following Moses; author of the Book of Joshua; Quranic figure.
  3. A male given name from Hebrew.
    • 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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Joshua (plural Joshuas)

  1. A Joshua tree.
    • 2011, United States Federal Writers Project, WPA Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in Southern California, Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels
      Isolated Joshua trees appear at 75.1 m. among the mesquite and sage, increasing rapidly in number until they form a forest on both sides. [] The age of the Joshuas is popularly compared to that of the Sequoias.



From English Joshua, from Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ(yəhôšūaʿ).

Proper nounEdit


  1. a male given name from Hebrew