Definition of Chaldee in US English:



  • 1The Semitic language of the ancient Chaldeans.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He adhered to the Biblical account of the origin of languages, claiming that all languages derived from ‘Chaldee’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was said that Lancelot Andrewes knew Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, and 15 modern languages.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even in the twentieth century, Leonard Woolley referred to his excavations at Warka by the Biblical name of Ur of the Chaldees.’
    • ‘How I myself longed for a visit to Ur of the Chaldees - what decadence they must have had in their idolatrous blossom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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