\ ˈjü How to pronounce Jew (audio) \

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
b : israelite
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 3a

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

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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


\ ˈjü How to pronounce Jew (audio) \

Kids Definition of Jew

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

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