Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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 Judah.]

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From Old French juiu, gyu, from Latin Iūdaeus, from Ancient Greek Ἰουδαῖος (Ioudaios), from Hebrew יהודי (Yehudi)

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

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

    Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: Expanding Circles Of Thanks

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Lev Raphael: Minority Report

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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