Definition of Canaanite in English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of the biblical area of ancient Palestine west of the River Jordan.

    ‘the ancient Canaanite fertility god’
    • ‘The earliest amphorae, known as Canaanite jars, originated on the Lebanese-Syrian coast in the 15th century BC.’
    • ‘Lack of rain also caused the collapse of the Bronze Age Canaanite civilization in Palestine around 2000 bc.’
    • ‘The pursuing Egyptians would break ranks and could be attacked by the hidden Canaanite charioteers.’
    • ‘At Deborah's command Barak, the Israelite general, swept down from Mt. Tabor with 10,000 men to destroy the Canaanite army.’


  • (in the Bible) a native or inhabitant of the area of ancient Palestine west of the River Jordan.

    ‘the king of the Canaanites’
    • ‘The Canaanites, the first known settlers in the country, spoke a Semitic language.’
    • ‘Tophet was a huge hollow idol in which the Canaanites would set a blazing fire.’
    • ‘Other tribes intermarried with Canaanites and were cursed by God.’
    • ‘With the death of Joshua, the Israelites were not sure who should lead the fight against the Canaanites.’
    • ‘According to Matthew and Mark, Simon was a Canaanite.’