Pronunciation: (sim'ē-un), [key]
1. a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:33.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
3. a devout man of Jerusalem who praised God for letting him see the infant Jesus. Luke 2:25–35. Cf. Nunc Dimittis (def. 1).
4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “harkening.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.