Am haarez

Am ha·​a·​rez | \ ˌäm(ˌ)häˈäˌrets \
plural Amme haarez or Ame haarez\ ¦ämə(-​ \

Definition of Am haarez

1 : the inhabitants of ancient Palestine as distinguished from the Israelites also : the country people as distinguished from the inhabitants of Jerusalem
2 or am haarez, in rabbinic literature : the Jews not ritually as strict as the Pharisees
3 or less commonly am haarez : one who is ignorant of Jewish custom, law, or ethics

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First Known Use of Am haarez

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Am haarez

Hebrew ʽam hā'āreṣ the people of the land

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“Am haarez.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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