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gentile

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noun gen·tile \ ˈjen-ˌtī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of gentile

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

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Origin and Etymology of gentile

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

gentile Synonyms

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gentile

adjective

Definition of gentile

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 Jews
b :of or relating to non-Mormons
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[borrowed from Latin gentīlis]
:relating to a tribe or clan

Recent Examples of gentile from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gentile

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

Other Christian Religious Terms


GENTILE Defined for English Language Learners

gentile

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noun

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 capitalized gen·tile \ ˈjen-ˌtīl \

Definition of gentile for Students

:a person who is not Jewish

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gentile

adjective, often capitalized

Definition of gentile for Students

:of or relating to people who are not Jewish


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