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Is·​rae·​li iz-ˈrā-lē How to pronounce Israeli (audio)
 also  ˌiz-rə-ˈā-lē
: of or relating to the people or the republic of Israel


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plural Israelis also Israeli
: a native or inhabitant of the republic of Israel

Examples of Israeli in a Sentence

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The attack took place as tensions simmered in the tiny Mediterranean country, where months of fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops has displaced thousands along the border. Landon Mion, Fox News, 5 June 2024 Tensions have also been rising along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, where Israeli troops and forces with the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have traded fire for months in an escalating tit-for-tat fight. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024
According to Israeli Defense Forces, Benjamin is believed to have been killed during the Oct. 7 attack, and his body was taken to Gaza by Hamas militants. CBS News, 18 May 2024 The union wants the students to have guarantees of freedom of speech and political expression on campus and is asking for researchers to be able to opt out of funding sources tied to the Israeli Defense Force. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for Israeli 

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Word History



Modern Hebrew yiśrĕ'ēlī, from Hebrew, Israelite, noun & adjective, from Yiśrā'ēl

First Known Use


1948, in the meaning defined above


1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Israeli was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Israeli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or characteristic of the republic of Israel or its people
Israeli noun
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