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Is·​ra·​el·​ite ˈiz-r(ē-)ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce Israelite (audio)
: a descendant of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob
specifically : a native or inhabitant of the ancient northern kingdom of Israel


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: of or relating to Israel or to the Israelites

Examples of Israelite in a Sentence

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Beard was the assistant pastor at New Israelite Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 10 July 2024 Beard was the assistant pastor and Sunday school teacher for Chicago’s New Israelite Missionary Baptist Church. Mike Stunson, Kansas City Star, 10 July 2024 Beard, a pastor assistant and Sunday school teacher at the New Israelite Missionary Baptist Church, has been with the congregation for nearly two decades, church officials told local WMAQ-TV. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Israelite received his MFA from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Matt Grobar, Deadline, 20 June 2024 David Israelite is the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). David Israelite, Billboard, 20 May 2024 Holdovers on the board in include Jewel Kilcher and NMPA execs David Israelite, Danielle Aguirre and Charlotte Sellmyer. Marc Schneider, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2024 Little Wing premiere Paramount+ hosted a tastemaker screening in Los Angeles on Monday for its original film Little Wing, with stars Brooklynn Prince, Che Tafari, Simon Khan, Parker Hall, Jonathan Togo and director Dean Israelite. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2024 Produced by media company Awesomeness, Little Wing is directed by Dean Israelite, best known for 2017’s Power Rangers movie, and co-written by Flight screenwriter John Gatins as well as Susan Orlean. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History



Middle English, from Late Latin Israelita, from Greek Israēlitēs, from Israēl

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Israelite was in the 14th century

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“Israelite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a descendant of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob
especially : a person born or living in the ancient kingdom of Israel
Israelite adjective

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