What does Jewish mean?

Definitions for Jewish
ˈdʒu ɪʃjew·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jewish, Judaicadjective

    of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion

    "He is Jewish"; "a Jewish wedding"


  1. Jewishadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Judaism.


  1. Jewishadjective

    Being a Jew, or relating to Jews, their religion or their culture.

  2. Jewishadjective


  3. Jewishnoun

    The Yiddish language.


  1. Jewish

    Jews (Hebrew: יְהוּדִים, ISO 259-2: Yehudim, Israeli pronunciation: [jehuˈdim]) or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group and nation originating from the Israelites and Hebrews of historical Israel and Judah. Jewish ethnicity, nationhood, and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the ethnic religion of the Jewish people, although its observance varies from strict to none.Jews originated as an ethnic and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in a part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel. The Merneptah Stele of ancient Egypt appears to confirm the existence of a people of Israel somewhere in Canaan as far back as the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age). The Israelites, as an outgrowth of the Canaanite population, consolidated their hold in the region with the emergence of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Some consider that these Canaan-sedentary Israelites melded with incoming nomadic groups known as the "Hebrews". The experience of life in the Jewish diaspora, from the Babylonian captivity and exile (though few sources mention this period in detail) to the Roman occupation and exile, and the historical relations between Jews and their homeland in the Levant thereafter became a major feature of Jewish history, identity, culture, and memory.In the following millennia, Jewish diaspora communities coalesced into three major ethnic subdivisions according to where their ancestors settled: the Ashkenazim (Central and Eastern Europe), the Sephardim (initially in the Iberian Peninsula), and the Mizrahim (Middle East and North Africa). Prior to World War II, the global Jewish population reached a peak of 16.7 million, representing around 0.7 percent of the world population at that time. During World War II, approximately 6 million Jews throughout Europe were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Since then, the population has slowly risen again, and as of 2018, was estimated to be at 14.6–17.8 million by the Berman Jewish DataBank, comprising less than 0.2 percent of the total world population. The modern State of Israel is the only country where Jews form a majority of the population. Jews have significantly influenced and contributed to human progress in many fields, both historically and in modern times, including in science and technology, philosophy, ethics, literature, politics, business, art, music, comedy, theatre, cinema, architecture, food, medicine, and religion. Jews wrote the Bible, founded Christianity, and had an indirect but profound influence on Islam. In these ways, Jews have also played a significant role in the development of Western culture.


  1. jewish

    Jewish refers to anything related to or associated with the Jewish people, their customs, traditions, religion, culture, or history. Jewish people trace their roots back to the ancient Israelites in the Bible and share a common religious heritage based on Judaism, which is founded on the principles contained in the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, and explained in later texts such as the Talmud. Being Jewish can result from being born to a Jewish family, conversion, or self-identification.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jewishadjective

    of or pertaining to the Jews or Hebrews; characteristic of or resembling the Jews or their customs; Israelitish

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Jewish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4132

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Jewish' in Adjectives Frequency: #557

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jewish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jewish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Jewish in a Sentence

  1. Israel Jews:

    While #Antisemitism is rising... synagogues are attacked Jews killed... democratic #Israel is demonized... Jewish institutions are forced to bolster security... The' paper of record' pours oil on the fire.

  2. Sherzad Omer Mamsani:

    We don’t want to put our lives and hundreds of Jewish families in trouble, we’re starting with teaching and learning about the Jewish religion.

  3. The White House:

    . President Barack Obama told the Israeli leader President Barack Obama values the close security partnership between their countries and the two agreed to keep consulting on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, i haven't changed my policy. I never retracted my speech in Bar-Ilan University six years ago calling for a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.

  4. Gill Rosenberg:

    I think we as Jews, we say 'never again' for the Shoah, and I take it to mean not just for Jewish people, but for anyone, for any human being, especially a helpless woman or child in Syria or Iraq, but in the past few weeks I think a lot of the dynamics have changed there, in terms of what's going on in the war. The Iranian involvement is a lot more pronounced. Things changed enough that I felt that it was time to come home.

  5. Peter Beinart:

    You see mobilization of young millennial Jews in quite a confrontation with their own communal Jewish establishment, which can include their own parents.

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