from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the branch of European Jews, historically Yiddish-speaking, who settled in central and northern Europe.
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- adj. Of or relating to Jews of German and Eastern Europe origin, and their traditions, customs, and rituals.
- n. An Askhenazi Jew.
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- n. a Jew of eastern European or German descent
Medieval Hebrew 'aškənāzî, from 'aškənaz, Germany, adoption of Hebrew 'aškənaz, name of one of Noah's grandsons and of a neighboring people, perhaps alteration of earlier *'aškûz, Scythians; akin to Akkadian ašguzai, iškuzai, from Old Persian Saka-, Skūča-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew Ashkenaz. Biblical Ashkenaz was the son of Japheth and grandson of Noah. His descendants were identified with Germans by medieval Jewish tradition. (Wiktionary)