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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any person whose religion is Judaism. In a wider sense the term refers to any member of a worldwide ethnic and cultural group descended from the ancient Hebrews who traditionally practiced the Jewish religion. The Hebrew term Yehudi, translated as Judaeus in Latin and Jew in English, originally referred to a member of the tribe of Judah. In Jewish tradition, any child born of a Jewish mother is considered a Jew; in Reform Judaism a child is considered a Jew if either parent is Jewish.


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