• WordNet 3.6
    • n Canaanite the extinct language of the Semitic people who occupied Canaan before the Israelite conquest
    • n Canaanite a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canaanite A descendant of Canaan, the son of Ham, and grandson of Noah.
    • Canaanite A Native or inhabitant of the land of Canaan, esp. a member of any of the tribes who inhabited Canaan at the time of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
    • n Canaanite A zealot.☞ This was the “Simon called Zelotes” (Luke vi. 15), i.e., Simon the zealot. "Simon the Canaanite ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Canaanite A descendant of Canaan, son of Ham (Gen. x. 15-19); more generally, one of the primitive inhabitants of the land of Canaan, named from him, lying between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, and included in modern Palestine. The Canaanites proper (Gen, xvi, 21, etc.) were one of a number of tribes to which the name was collectively applied, severally governed by so-called kings, and which were conquered by the Israelites after a prolonged struggle.
    • n Canaanite A title of one of the twelve apostles (“Simon the Canaanite,” Mat: x. 4), called elsewhere (Luke vi. 15, Acts i. 13) Zelotes, that is, the zealot: it is a transliteration of an Aramaic word signifying zeal, or a zealot.
    • n Canaanite [lowercase] A variety of massive white pyroxene occurring in limestone at Canaan, Connecticut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Canaanite kā′nan-īt a descendant of Canaan, the son of Ham: a native of the land of Canaan
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From an Aramaic word signifying “zeal.”


In literature:

Why this conflict of the one great lawgiver, if these Canaanites were God's children through Adam?
"The Negro: what is His Ethnological Status? 2nd Ed." by Buckner H. 'Ariel' Payne
Canaanites, etc., sun-worship, 102, 103.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
Satan's power in wickedness and vileness was manifested in the Canaanites.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
These Canaanite words are hardly distinguishable from the Hebrew of the Old Testament.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
This war god naturally obtained their allegiance during the years of conflict with the Canaanites, and gained in prestige as time elapsed.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The hated "Canaanite" became the synonym for "trafficker.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Joshua drove the Canaanites down this valley.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
When he was forty years old, he took wives of the daughters of the Canaanites.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
The first of the Canaanite immigrants were driven seawards by the masses which followed them.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
But it is obvious that only the nations contiguous to the Israelites, chiefly the Canaanites, are here meant.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock

In poetry:

Cease to lament! I can foresee
That thou hereafter known shalt be,
Among the men who follow me,
As Simon the Canaanite!
"The Golden Legend: III. A Street In Strasburg" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I saw him fight the Canaanites
And set God's Israel free.
I saw him when the war was done
In his rustic chair recline —
By his campfire by the sea,
By the waves of Galilee.
"The Booker Washington Trilogy" by Vachel Lindsay
Abraham, with honour and with wealth was bless'd —
The favour of his God — and with a son —
And all the lands the Canaanites possess'd —
Because he serv'd the Lord, and him alone.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Israelites are the Canaanites mentioned in the Bible and not a separate people.
Believing that some snakes spoke the Semitic language of the Canaanites, Egyptians included the magic spells in inscriptions on two sides of the sarcophagus in an effort to ward them off.