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[koh-uh n; Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hen Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-heyn, koh-heyn, koin] /ˈkoʊ ən; Sephardic Hebrew kɔˈhɛn Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊˈheɪn, ˈkoʊ heɪn, kɔɪn/
noun, plural Cohanim
[Sephardic Hebrew kaw-hah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew koh-hah-nim, -hah-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew kɔ hɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew koʊ hɑˈnɪm, -ˈhɑ nɪm/ (Show IPA).
English, Cohens.
a member of the Jewish priestly class, descended from Aaron, having sacrificial, ministerial, and other sacred functions from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d. and now having essentially honorific religious duties and prerogatives.
Origin of Cohen
< Hebrew kōhēn priest


[koh-uh n] /ˈkoʊ ən/
Morris Raphael, 1880–1947, U.S. philosopher and educator, born in Russia.
Octavus Roy
[ok-tav-uh s] /ɒkˈtæv əs/ (Show IPA),
1891–1959, U.S. short-story writer and novelist. Unabridged
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  • If he was to learn how the man Cohen had died, he must follow the same path to the bitter end.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • Wife, wouldst thou have the Cohen curse thee in the face of all Israel?

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • Three men volunteered to undertake the task; Dr. Cohen being one of them.

  • "I hope it isn't that one about a Mr. Cohen who played poker all night," says she.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • His name was Cohen, and he had stolen some money from his father and gone to the races.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for Cohen


Leonard. born 1934, Canadian singer, songwriter, and poet; recordings include Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), I'm Your Man (1988), and Ten New Songs (2001)
Stanley. born 1922, US biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1986


/kɒˈhɛn; kɔɪn/
a variant spelling of Kohen
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Word Origin and History for Cohen

Jewish surname indicating priestly descent, from Hebrew kohen "priest," from base of kihen "he acted as priest," related to Arabic kahana "he divined, prophesied."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Cohen in Medicine

Cohen Co·hen (kō'ən), Stanley. Born 1922.

American biochemist. He shared a 1986 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the epidermal growth factor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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