: a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people
: one whose religion is Judaism
: a member of the tribe of Judah
: a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

Examples of Jew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Meeropol, a labor activist and a secular Jew, Black and Jewish Americans marched shoulder to shoulder in the cause of freedom from injustice. Tracy Fessenden, The Conversation, 15 July 2024 Heinrich Heine, whose poem the statue commemorates, was a satirist and a Jew. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 To a philosopher, as to a Jew, there is no insult as grave as placating assent, no tribute as great as a detailed rebuttal. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 The second story is about Eichmann’s prison guard, Haim (Yoav Levi), a Moroccan Jew who takes pains to make sure his charge is unharmed and delivered to the hangman’s noose in as good a shape as possible. Christian Blauvelt, IndieWire, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Jew 

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French ju, jeu, from Latin Judaeus, from Greek Ioudaios, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhī, from Yĕhūdhāh Judah, Jewish kingdom

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jew was in the 13th century

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“Jew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jew. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one of the ancient Hebrews or a descendant of the ancient Hebrews
: one whose religion is Judaism

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