1. a native or inhabitant of Nazareth.
  2. a member of a sect of early Jewish converts to Christianity who retained the Mosaic ritual.
  3. the Nazarene, Jesus Christ.


  1. of or relating to Nazareth or the Nazarenes.

noun Also: Nazarite

  1. an early name for a Christian (Acts 24:5) or (when preceded by the) for Jesus Christ
  2. a member of one of several groups of Jewish-Christians found principally in Syria
  3. a member of an association of German artists called the Nazarenes or Brotherhood of St Luke, including Friedrich Overbeck (1789–1869) and Peter von Cornelius (1783–1867), founded (1809) in Vienna to revive German religious art after the examples of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance


  1. of or relating to Nazareth or the Nazarenes

n.c.1200, “holy man;” early 13c., “a native or resident of Nazareth,” childhood home of Jesus, from Late Latin Nazarenus, from Greek Nazarenos, from Hebrew Natzerath. As an adjective from late 13c. As “a follower of Jesus” from late 14c. In Talmudic Hebrew notzri, literally “of Nazareth,” meant “a Christian;” likewise Arabic Nasrani (plural Nasara). In Christian use, however, it can be a nickname for Jesus, or refer to an early Jewish Christian sect (1680s in English), or, in modern use, to a member of the Church of the Nazarene, a U.S.-based Protestant denomination (1898 in this sense).

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