Pronunciation: ( jOO'du), [key]
1. the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:35.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
3. the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in S Palestine, including the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Cf. Ephraim (def. 3).
4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “praised.” Also, Douay Bible,Ju'da (for defs. 1–3).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.