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 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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