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gentile

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noun gen·tile \ˈjen-ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of gentile

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a person of a non-Jewish nation or of non-Jewish faith; especially :  a Christian as distinguished from a Jew

  2. 2 :  heathen, pagan

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a non-Mormon

Examples of gentile in a sentence

  1. a strict sect that believes that fellowship with gentiles should exist only for the purposes of conversion

Origin and Etymology of gentile

Middle English gentyl, gentile — more at 2gentle Historically the same word as 2gentle, with full vowel in the final syllable under influence of the Medieval and Late Latin source word.


First Known Use: 14th century

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gentile

adjective gen·tile

Definition of gentile

  1. 1 often capitalized a :  of or relating to the nations at large as distinguished from the Jews; also :  of or relating to Christians as distinguished from the Jewsb :  of or relating to non-Mormons

  2. 2 :  heathen, pagan

  3. 3 [borrowed from Latin gentīlis] :  relating to a tribe or clan

Origin and Etymology of gentile

Middle English gentyl, gentile — more at 1gentle See note at 1gentile.


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


GENTILE Defined for English Language Learners

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gentile

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noun gen·tile \ˈjen-ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of gentile for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is not Jewish


GENTILE Defined for Kids

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gentile

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noun , often cap gen·tile \ˈjen-ˌtīl\

Definition of gentile for Students

  1. :  a person who is not Jewish


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gentile

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adjective , often cap gen·tile

Definition of gentile for Students

  1. :  of or relating to people who are not Jewish



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