plural Ashkenazim ˌäsh-kə-ˈnä-zəm How to pronounce Ashkenazi (audio)
: a member of one of the two great divisions of Jews comprising the eastern European Yiddish-speaking Jews compare sephardi
ˌäsh-kə-ˈnä-zik How to pronounce Ashkenazi (audio)

Examples of Ashkenazi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One reserve captain, Moti Ashkenazi, began a lone protest a few months after the 1973 war. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Yearning for normality At the economics conference where Lieutenant General Ashkenazi spoke, university students milled about, their semester only just beginning in late December. Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Jan. 2024 Anat Ashkenazi, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Eli Lilly, previously told Fortune that over 110 million patients in the U.S. live with obesity, which corresponds to over 200 health complications. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 4 Jan. 2024 Yvonne McGill of Dell Technologies, Anat Ashkenazi of Eli Lilly and Company, and Leeny Oberg of Marriott International are CFOs at Fortune 500 companies leading the finance function across the globe. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 Advertisement As an Ashkenazi Jew, raised in a religiously observant household, Edelman is loaded with questions about his whiteness. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a former member of Israel's Knesset, wrote a letter addressed to Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, calling for unified prayer for the sake of the country, reported the website Israel365. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2023 Her grandparents, Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe, had fled persecution to arrive in Cuba in the nineteen-twenties; after Castro took power, the family fled again, to Miami, losing everything. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Ohad Ashkenazi of United Studios Israel, who is also producing the series, came to MIA to meet with producers, investors and broadcasters to secure the final financing to make the show. Ilaria Ravarino, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023

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Word History


Late Hebrew Ashkĕnāzī, from Ashkĕnāz, medieval rabbinical name for Germany

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ashkenazi was in 1828

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“Ashkenazi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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