Am haarez

noun Am ha·a·rez \ˌäm(ˌ)häˈäˌrets\

Definition of Am haarez


Amme haarez


Ame haarez

  1. 1 :  the inhabitants of ancient Palestine as distinguished from the Israelites; also :  the country people as distinguished from the inhabitants of Jerusalem

  2. 2 or am haarez in rabbinic literature :  the Jews not ritually as strict as the Pharisees

  3. 3 less commonly am haarez :  one who is ignorant of Jewish custom, law, or ethics

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Origin and Etymology of am haarez

Hebrew ʽam hā'āreṣ the people of the land

First Known Use: 1729

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