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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Naz·a·rite /ˈnæzəˌraɪt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Naz·a·rite prop. n. A Jew bound by a vow to leave the hair uncut, to abstain from wine and strong drink, and to practice extraordinary purity of life and devotion, the obligation being for life, or for a certain time.  The word is also used adjectively.

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Heb. form Nazirite), the name of such Israelites as took on
    them the vow prescribed in Num. 6:2-21. The word denotes
    generally one who is separated from others and consecrated to
    God. Although there is no mention of any Nazarite before Samson,
    yet it is evident that they existed before the time of Moses.
    The vow of a Nazarite involved these three things, (1)
    abstinence from wine and strong drink, (2) refraining from
    cutting the hair off the head during the whole period of the
    continuance of the vow, and (3) the avoidance of contact with
    the dead.
      When the period of the continuance of the vow came to an end,
    the Nazarite had to present himself at the door of the sanctuary
    with (1) a he lamb of the first year for a burnt-offering, (2) a
    ewe lamb of the first year for a sin-offering, and (3) a ram for
    a peace-offering. After these sacrifices were offered by the
    priest, the Nazarite cut off his hair at the door and threw it
    into the fire under the peace-offering.
      For some reason, probably in the midst of his work at Corinth,
    Paul took on himself the Nazarite vow. This could only be
    terminated by his going up to Jerusalem to offer up the hair
    which till then was to be left uncut. But it seems to have been
    allowable for persons at a distance to cut the hair, which was
    to be brought up to Jerusalem, where the ceremony was completed.
    This Paul did at Cenchrea just before setting out on his voyage
    into Syria (Acts 18:18).
      On another occasion (Acts 21:23-26), at the feast of
    Pentecost, Paul took on himself again the Nazarite vow. "The
    ceremonies involved took a longer time than Paul had at his
    disposal, but the law permitted a man to share the vow if he
    could find companions who had gone through the prescribed
    ceremonies, and who permitted him to join their company. This
    permission was commonly granted if the new comer paid all the
    fees required from the whole company (fee to the Levite for
    cutting the hair and fees for sacrifices), and finished the vow
    along with the others. Four Jewish Christians were performing
    the vow, and would admit Paul to their company, provided he paid
    their expenses. Paul consented, paid the charges, and when the
    last seven days of the vow began he went with them to live in
    the temple, giving the usual notice to the priests that he had
    joined in regular fashion, was a sharer with the four men, and
    that his vow would end with theirs. Nazarites retired to the
    temple during the last period of seven days, because they could
    be secure there against any accidental defilement" (Lindsay's
      As to the duration of a Nazarite's vow, every one was left at
    liberty to fix his own time. There is mention made in Scripture
    of only three who were Nazarites for life, Samson, Samuel, and
    John the Baptist (Judg. 13:4, 5; 1 Sam. 1:11; Luke 1:15). In its
    ordinary form, however, the Nazarite's vow lasted only thirty,
    and at most one hundred, days. (See RECHABITES.)
      This institution was a symbol of a life devoted to God and
    separated from all sin, a holy life.

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Nazarite, one chosen or set apart