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Definition of Jew

1 : a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people
2 : one whose religion is Judaism
3a : a member of the tribe of Judah
4 : a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

First Known Use of Jew

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jew

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

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“Jew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Jew

: someone whose religion is Judaism, who is descended from Jewish people, or who participates in the culture surrounding Judaism


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Kids Definition of Jew

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

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