from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- In the Bible, the older son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
- Joseph 2 Originally Heinmot Tooyalakekt. Known as "Chief Joseph.” 1840?-1904. Nez Percé leader who conducted a skillful but unsuccessful retreat from U.S. forces (1877).
- Joseph, Saint fl. first century A.D. In the New Testament, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
- proper n. The husband of Virgin Mary in the Abrahamic religions.
- proper n. Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
- proper n. A male given name, popular as a middle name.
Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף (Yoséf, "(God) shall add"); a son of Jacob. (Wiktionary)