The husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, a carpenter descended from King David. A nice guy who did not want to expose Mary to punishments for getting pregnant out of wedlock (even before an angel told him that she was carrying the Son of God) and was concerned for Jesus' safety as a child. A Catholic saint.

Jo"seph (?), n.

An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front.



© Webster 1913.

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