Definition of Maimonidean in English:

Maimonidean

(also Maimonidian)

adjective

  • Of or relating to Moses ben Maimon or his teaching, used especially with reference to his belief in the power of reason and the possibility of synthesis between biblical religion and Aristotelian philosophy.

noun

  • An adherent or student of Maimonides or his teaching.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From Maimonides, Latinized form of the name of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Spanish-born Jewish philosopher, theologian, jurist, and physician + -an: see -ean, -ian. Maimon is a Hebraicized form of Arabic Maymūn, lit. ‘lucky, blessed’. The terminal element in Maimonides is -ides (from ancient Greek -ίδης: see -id), patronymic suffix rendering Hebrew ben son of.

Pronunciation

Maimonidean

/mʌɪˌmɒnɪˈdiːən/