Jew

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noun \ˈjü\

Definition of Jew

  1. 1 a :  a member of the tribe of Judah b :  israelite

  2. 2 :  a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

  3. 3 :  a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people

  4. 4 :  one whose religion is Judaism

Origin and Etymology of jew

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

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JEW Defined for English Language Learners

Jew

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noun \ˈjü\

Definition of Jew for English Language Learners

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


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