Jew·​ish ˈjü-ish How to pronounce Jewish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Jews
also : being a Jew
Jewishly adverb
Jewishness noun

Examples of Jewish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s been a remarkable ascent for the fast-talking Jewish gay kid from St. Louis who turned out to have a lot more charisma than his former boss could see. Maer Roshan, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 Jeff Finkelstein is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit serving the local Jewish community. Bruce Siwy, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 The Jewish students lasted an hour and a half and left. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 The decision by the Prospector staff to publish the quote also comes amid a surge in antisemitism on school campuses — as well as a rise in vandalism at synagogues and Jewish stores, restaurants and institutions. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 More than 250 Jewish students at Columbia University have signed an open letter to the school community sharing their experience with antisemitism on campus and inviting peace and reconciliation. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 8 May 2024 The seven-part limited series follows a bored Jewish housewife (Portman) in the 1960s, who divorces her husband and moves to Baltimore to work as an investigative journalist. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 8 May 2024 Is the lesson of the Holocaust that Israel, a sanctuary state for the world’s vulnerable Jewish minority, must be protected at all costs? TIME, 8 May 2024 In some cases, the demonstrations have included antisemitic rhetoric and harassment targeting Jewish students. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 7 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jewish was circa 1531

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“Jewish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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