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

  • n. A native or inhabitant of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel.
  • n. A descendant of Jacob; a Jew.
  • n. A member of a people regarded as the chosen people of God.
  • n. A Jew not descended from the tribe of Levi and not a priest.
  • adj. Of or relating to ancient Israel, the ancient Israelites, or their culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A native or inhabitant of the (1) united nation of Israel (under the Judges, and then kings Saul, David and Solomon), or (2) the later northern kingdom centered in Samaria, distinct from kingdom of Judah centered in Jerusalem.
  • proper n. A member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and a descendant of Jacob.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ancient nation(s) of Israel, their inhabitants, or to the descendants of the patriarch Jacob.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A descendant of Israel, or Jacob; a Hebrew; a Jew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A descendant of Israel or Jacob; one of “the children of Israel”; a Hebrew; a Jew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or inhabitant of the ancient kingdom of Israel
  • n. a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties


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  • (Genesis 10: 24) The term Israelite was used by the Jews of themselves among themselves; the term Hebrew was the name by which they were known to foreigners.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • How anyone can view this as anything other than unconscionable malice is beyond me, but regardless of my opinion on the matter, god could just as easily have decreed that women are intellectual equals to men, and that they should be afforded the same rights as men in Israelite society.

    Harlan Ellison on God

  • Modern Judaism seems to descend from one of the main Israelite sects operating at the time, the Pharisees.

    Matthew Yglesias » A Back and Forth on Israel

  • And archaeology surprisingly reveals that the people who lived in those villages were indigenous inhabitants of Canaan who only gradually developed an ethnic identity that could be termed Israelite.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • The emphasis on the word Israelite excited my curiosity.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • The name Israelite and Israelites was derived from Jacob, whom the angel of the Lord called Israel.

    Life and Labors of Elder John Kline the Martyr Missionary

  • Certain Israelite money-lenders, who hated him because he would not wink at their sweating and extortions, saw in this an opportunity to overthrow him; so they reported to some leading Jews in England that he had tortured the boys, whom he had not, in point of fact, punished in any way beyond reproving them.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • The priests being so well provided for, it would be inexcusable in them if they (contrary to the law which every Israelite is bound by) should eat that which is torn or which died of itself, v. 31.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • (which they think every Israelite is bound in conscience to submit to) that no man speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus, v. 18.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Now the Israelite was a man of great wealth, but would envy his neighbour if he sold and himself did not sell; so espying Dalilah, he said to her, “What seekest thou, O my mistress?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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