Ashkenazi

noun
Ash·​ke·​nazi | \ ˌäsh-kə-ˈnä-zē How to pronounce Ashkenazi (audio) , ˌash-kə-ˈna- How to pronounce Ashkenazi (audio) \
plural Ashkenazim\ ˌäsh-​kə-​ˈnä-​zəm How to pronounce Ashkenazim (audio) , ˌash-​kə-​ˈna-​ \

Definition of Ashkenazi

: a member of one of the two great divisions of Jews comprising the eastern European Yiddish-speaking Jews — compare sephardi

Other Words from Ashkenazi

Ashkenazic \ ˌäsh-​kə-​ˈnä-​zik How to pronounce Ashkenazic (audio) , ˌash-​kə-​ˈna-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Ashkenazi

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ashkenazi

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

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“Ashkenazi.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ashkenazi. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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