Am haarez


Am ha·​a·​rez
plural Amme haarez or Ame haarez
: the inhabitants of ancient Palestine as distinguished from the Israelites
also : the country people as distinguished from the inhabitants of Jerusalem
or am haarez in rabbinic literature : the Jews not ritually as strict as the Pharisees
or less commonly am haarez : one who is ignorant of Jewish custom, law, or ethics

Word History


Hebrew ʽam hā'āreṣ the people of the land

First Known Use

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Am haarez was in 1729

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“Am haarez.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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