Definition of Chaldee in US English:



  • 1The Semitic language of the ancient Chaldeans.

    • ‘We are looking for an answer that will be easily verified by the international reader without the need to be an expert in Hebrew, Greek or Chaldee.’
    • ‘He was dismayed to find, in doing the latter, that translators to the various languages had repeated errors made by the Greek translators of the Hebrew or Chaldee text.’
    • ‘It was said that Lancelot Andrewes knew Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, and 15 modern languages.’
    • ‘He adhered to the Biblical account of the origin of languages, claiming that all languages derived from ‘Chaldee’.’
    1. 1.1dated The Aramaic language as used in some books of the Old Testament.
      • ‘For many years he read the Old Testament in Hebrew and Chaldee and the New Testament in Greek, so as to arrive at their meaning from ancient writers themselves alone.’
      • ‘Every one who is acquainted with the rudiments of the Hebrew and Chaldee languages, must know that God, in the holy Writings, very often spoke of Himself in the plural.’
      • ‘The Hebrew language is the language of the Hebrew nation, and that in which the Old Testament is written, with the exception of a few portions in Chaldee.’
  • 2A native of ancient Chaldea.

    • ‘How I myself longed for a visit to Ur of the Chaldees - what decadence they must have had in their idolatrous blossom.’
    • ‘Contrary to Gibson, I don't find that the ‘me teacher, you student’ arrangement that goes back at least 5000 years to Ur of the Chaldees is insufferably arrogant.’
    • ‘But Abraham was born in Mesopotamia, in particular in a bustling place called Ur Kasdim, or Ur of the Chaldees, which has been excavated by archeologists in today's Iraq.’
    • ‘Indeed, the overwhelming question that the Catholic Church had to confront in the last century - and which it wrestled with at the Second Vatican Council - is whether the church itself has now become an Ur of the Chaldees in the modern world.’
    • ‘Up to the time of the tower of Babel and the call of Abram from Ur of the Chaldees, there were just nations, or Gentiles as later called.’
    • ‘Kabbalah clearly goes back to the ancient Middle East: pre-Babylonian; pre-Ur of the Chaldees.’
    • ‘Among the earliest travellers was Abraham who, around 2000BC, emigrated with his family from Ur of the Chaldees (in present-day Iraq) to Canaan, sojourning for a while in Harran.’
    • ‘The extent to which this grammatical form suggests a pluperfect is disputed among Hebrew grammarians. The verse, however, suggests that it was said while Abram was still in the land of his birth, that is, Ur of the Chaldees.’
    • ‘Even in the twentieth century, Leonard Woolley referred to his excavations at Warka by the Biblical name of Ur of the Chaldees.’
    • ‘And He said unto him, I am The Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.’


From Latin Chaldaei ‘Chaldeans’, from Greek Khaldaioi, from Khaldaia (see Chaldea).