noun \ˈjü\

: someone whose religion is Judaism, who is descended from Jewish people, or who participates in the culture surrounding Judaism

Full Definition of JEW

a :  a member of the tribe of Judah
b :  israelite
:  a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.
:  a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people
:  one whose religion is Judaism

Origin of JEW

Middle English, from Anglo-French ju, jeu, from Latin Judaeus, from Greek Ioudaios, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhī, from Yĕhūdhāh Judah, Jewish kingdom
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Jewish Religion Terms

Talmud, Zion, challah, dybbuk, kosher, tabernacle, tetragrammaton, yarmulke
JEW Defined for Kids


noun \ˈjü\

Definition of JEW for Kids

:  a person who is a descendant of the ancient Hebrews or whose religion is Judaism
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