Definition of kohen in English:


(also cohen)

Pronunciation /ˈkōhān/ /ˈkōən/ /kōˈhān/ /ˈkoʊheɪn/

nounkohanim, cohens

  • A member of the priestly class, having certain rights and duties in the synagogue.

    • ‘The elder of the town, Mattathias, who is a cohen, that is of the priestly class, refuses.’
    • ‘Some maintain that Elijah is a kohen, who will serve as the High Priest in the days of the Messiah, in the Third Temple.’
    • ‘It includes ritual handwashing of the kohanim by the levites.’
    • ‘In fact, the High Priest, whose role it was to preserve peace among the Jews and between God and His children below, was called a kohen.’
    • ‘If a cohen raises a boy as his son, the boy will not have the privileges nor the constraints of the priesthood.’


From Hebrew, literally ‘priest’.



/ˈkōhān/ /ˈkōən/ /kōˈhān/ /ˈkoʊheɪn/