Ashkenazi

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Ashkenazi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ashkenazi. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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