Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adherent of Judaism as a religion or culture.
  • n. A member of the widely dispersed people originally descended from the ancient Hebrews and sharing an ethnic heritage based on Judaism.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of the ancient kingdom of Judah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adherent of Judaism.
  • n. A person who claims a cultural or ancestral connection to the Jewish people (see secular Jew).
  • v. Alternative capitalization of jew

Etymologies

Middle English Jeu, from Old French giu, from Latin Iūdaeus, from Greek Ioudaios, from Aramaic yəhudāy, from Hebrew yəhûdî, inhabitant of Judah, from yəhûdâ, Judah; see Judah2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French juiu, gyu, from Latin Iūdaeus, from Ancient Greek Ἰουδαῖος (Ioudaios), from Hebrew יהודי (Yehudi) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • III.i. 136 (378,7) [my in-cony Jew] [W. jewel] I know not whether it be fit, however specious, to change _Jew_ to _jewel_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • The term "Jew" comes from the Hebrew word Yehudah meaning thanks, joy, gratitude.

    Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: Expanding Circles Of Thanks

  • Fordham was the first place I ever heard the phrase "Jew him down" aloud.

    Lev Raphael: Minority Report

  • In this year of sound and fury, this year marked, as never before, by the debate over just war and the aporia of violence, this year in which the name Jew finds itself along with others, but more than others taken in collateral by a History that is rich with as much promise as omens of disaster, I am not unpleased to end it upon this note.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: A Tribute to Edmond Safra

  • At a Paris meeting in the spring of 1942, Nazi “specialists on the Jewish question” gathered and decided that Jews in Occupied Western Europe should wear a yellow Jewish star, about ten centimeters square four inches, with the word Jew in the national language.

    Bloodlust

  • It might be appropriate to stress that Israel was the land of the Jews (the term Jew deriving from the area of the tribe of Judah - today the southern part of the so-called West Bank) some two millenia before Mohammad.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The term Jew baiting was earlier used, and it is unclear what it means; I read the ad as a religious push in that specific district.

    Nasty Attack Ad Hits Jewish Dem Congressman For Visiting "Our Churches"

  • The title was a red flag to the German community and to his own, which had been desperately trying to get the word Jew taken out of circulation.

    Emancipation

  • And finally, in court, the word Jew must not be used to identify someone in criminal proceedings.

    Emancipation

  • Like the word Negro during the civil rights era in the 1960s, the word Jew fell out of favor.

    Emancipation

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