Definition of Edomite in English:



  • A member of an ancient people living in Edom, a region south of the Dead Sea, in biblical times, traditionally believed to be descended from Esau.

    • ‘It was a region populated by Edomites who had been forced by the Maccabees to convert to Judaism.’
    • ‘The Edomites sided with the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar when they conquered Judah and devastated Jerusalem.’
    • ‘Apparently the only nations descended from Sarah and Abraham were the Hebrews, the Ishmaelites, the Midianites, and the Edomites.’
    • ‘During their Wilderness Journey, the Israelites were ‘headed off at the pass’ by the Edomites who refused passage through their territory.’
    • ‘King Herod was an Edomite (also called Idumean), not a Jew.’