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kohen Line breaks: kohen
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒhɛn/
(also cohen)

Definition of kohen in English:

noun (plural kohanim ˈkɔɪnɪm or cohens)

A member of the priestly caste, having certain rights and duties in the synagogue.
Example sentences
  • The elder of the town, Mattathias, who is a cohen, that is of the priestly class, refuses.
  • Some maintain that Elijah is a kohen, who will serve as the High Priest in the days of the Messiah, in the Third Temple.
  • It includes ritual handwashing of the kohanim by the levites.


From Hebrew, literally 'priest'.

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