[naz-uh-reen, naz-uh-reen]
a native or inhabitant of Nazareth.
a member of a sect of early Jewish converts to Christianity who retained the Mosaic ritual.
the Nazarene, Jesus Christ.
of or pertaining to Nazareth or the Nazarenes.

1225–75; Middle English < Late Latin Nazarēnus < Greek Nazarēnós, equivalent to Nazar(ét) Nazareth + -ēnos suffix of origin Unabridged
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Nazarene (ˌnæzəˈriːn, ˈnæz-)
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
4.  of or relating to Nazareth or the Nazarenes

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Word Origin & History

c.1275, "a native or resident of Nazareth" town in Lower Galilee, childhood home of Jesus, from Heb. Natzerath. In Talmudic Heb. notzri, lit. "of Nazareth," meant "a Christian;" likewise Arabic Nasrani (pl. Nasara). In Christian use, however, it can be a nickname for Jesus, or refer to an early Jewish
Christian sect, 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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Nazarene definition

This epithet (Gr. Nazaraios) is applied to Christ only once (Matt. 2:23). In all other cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth" (Mark 1:24; 10:47; 14:67, etc.). When this Greek designation was at first applied to our Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of his residence. In course of time the word became a term of reproach. Thus the word "Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those prophecies which speak of Christ as "despised of men" (Isa. 53:3). Some, however, think that in this name there is an allusion to the Hebrew _netser_, which signifies a branch or sprout. It is so applied to the Messiah (Isa. 11:1), i.e., he whom the prophets called the _Netse_, the "Branch." The followers of Christ were called "the sect of Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5). All over Palestine and Syria this name is still given to Christians. (See NAZARETH.)

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in the New Testament, a title applied to Jesus and, later, to those who followed his teachings (Acts 24:5). In the Greek text there appear two forms of the word: the simple form, Nazarenos, meaning "of Nazareth," and the peculiar form, Nazoraios. Before its association with the locality, this latter term may have referred to a Jewish sect of "observants," or "devotees," and was later transferred to the Christians

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