from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D.
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- n. Member of a first-century ascetic Jewish sect, in ancient Palestine from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The Essenes are believed to have been the authors of the Dead Sea scrolls.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior, remarkable for their strictness and abstinence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus
- adj. said of or relating to the Essenes
From Ancient Greek Ἐσσηνοι (Essenoi); earlier etymology unknown (Wiktionary)