from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is not of the Jewish faith or is of a non-Jewish nation.
- n. A Christian.
- n. Archaic A pagan or heathen.
- n. Mormon Church A non-Mormon.
- adj. Of or relating to a Gentile.
- adj. Of or relating to a gens, tribe, or people.
- adj. Grammar Expressing national or local origins.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. non-Jewish
- adj. non-Mormon (including Jews)
- adj. heathen, pagan
- adj. tribal, national
- adj. of or pertaining to gens or gentes
- n. A non-Jewish person.
- n. A non-Mormon person (including Jews).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
- n. A person who is not Jewish; -- used in this sense by Jews.
- adj. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
- adj. Denoting a race or country.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to a gens or clan; of the same clan or family.
- (in this sense only jen′ tīl). In Scripture, belonging to a non-Jewish nation; pertaining to a heathen people: in the United States, applied by the Mormons to persons not of their church.
- In grammar, expressing nationality, local extraction, or place of abode; describing or designating a person as belonging to a certain race, country, district, town, or locality by birth or otherwise: as, a gentile noun (as Greek, Arab, Englishman, etc.); a gentile adjective (as Florentine, Spanish, etc.).
- Worthy of a gentleman; genteel; honorable. See genteel, gentle.
- Synonyms See gentile, n.
- n. A member of a gens or clan.
- n. (jen′ tīl). In Scripture, one belonging to a non-Jewish nation; any person not a Jew; a heathen; sometimes, in later writings, one who is neither a Jew nor a Christian.
- n. (jen′ tīl). Among the Mormons, one who is not of their church.
- n. In grammar, a noun or an adjective derived from the name of a country or locality, and designating its natives or people: as, the words Italian, American, Athenian, are gentiles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to or characteristic of non-Jewish peoples
- n. a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
- n. a Christian
- n. a person who does not acknowledge your god
- n. a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
Middle English gentil, from Late Latin gentīlis, pagan, from Latin, of the same clan; see gentle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gentīlis ("pagan, foreign"), from gēns ("clan, tribe") + adjective suffix -ilis. See also gens, gender, genus, generation. (Wiktionary)