Definitions for JEWdʒu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a member of a people now living in many countries of the world who trace their descent from the Israelites of the Bible, or from postexilic adherents of Judaism.

    Category: Peoples, Judaism

  2. a person whose religion is Judaism.

    Category: Judaism

  3. a subject of the ancient kingdom of Judah.

    Category: Judaism

  4. (adj.)Extremely Offensive.of Jews; Jewish.

    Category: Judaism, Status (usage)

  5. (v.t.)(l.c.)Extremely bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often fol. by down).

    Category: Status (usage)

* Usage: The adjectival use of Jew, as in the phrase Jew boy, is perceived as highly insulting; the adjective Jewish should be used instead. The verb jew, though not used as a deliberate slur, is also perceived as highly insulting.

Origin of Jew:

1125–75; ME jewe, gyu, ju < OF jui(e)u < L jūdaeus < Gk ioudaîos < Aramaic yehūdāi < Heb Yəhūdhī, der. of YəhūdhāhJudah

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jew, Hebrew, Israelite(noun)

    a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Jew(noun)ʤˈu

    a person whose religion is Judaism


  1. Jew(Noun)

    An adherent of Judaism.

  2. Jew(Noun)

    A person who claims a cultural or ancestral connection to the Jewish people (see secular Jew).

  3. jew(Verb)

    To bargain, to attempt to gain an unfair price in a business deal; to defraud.

  4. Origin: From the stereotype of Jews as scheming merchants. Compare gyp, from gypsy, and welsh, from Welsh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jew(noun)

    originally, one belonging to the tribe or kingdom of Judah; after the return from the Babylonish captivity, any member of the new state; a Hebrew; an Israelite


  1. Jewish people

    The Jews, also known as the Jewish people, are an ethnoreligious group originating from the Historical Israelites of the Ancient Near East. According to Jewish tradition, Jewish ancestry is traced back to the Biblical patriarchs such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the Biblical matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel, who lived in Canaan around the 18th century BCE. Jacob and his family migrated to Ancient Egypt after being invited to live with Joseph in the Land of Goshen region by Pharaoh himself. The patriarchs' descendants were later enslaved until the Exodus led by Moses, which is commonly dated to the 13th century BCE. Historically, Jews have descended mostly from the tribes of Judah and Simeon, and partially from the tribes of Benjamin and Levi, who had all together formed the ancient Kingdom of Judah. A closely related group is the Samaritans, who claim descent from the Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, while according to the Bible their origin is in the people brought to Israel by the Neo-Assyrian Empire and some Cohanim who taught them how to worship the "native God".

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JEW' in Nouns Frequency: #1701

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a member of the Jewish people, whose religion is Judaism.

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