What does jew mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jew, Hebrew, Israelitenoun

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


  1. Jewnoun

    An adherent of Judaism.


  1. Jewnoun

    An adherent of Judaism.

  2. Jewnoun

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

  3. jewverb

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

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


  1. jew

    A Jew is typically defined as a person who belongs to the Jewish religion or ethnicity, or whose heritage or descent is Jewish. This includes people who were either born into a Jewish family or have converted to Judaism. Judaism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions, centered on the worship of one God and based on the laws and teachings found in the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Judaism's rich cultural, religious, and historical traditions have given rise to a diverse global Jewish community.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jewnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [OF. Juis, pl., F. Juif, L. Judaeus, Gr. 'Ioydai^os, fr. 'Ioydai`a the country of the Jews, Judea, fr. Heb. Yhdh Judah, son of Jacob. Cf. Judaic.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jew

    jōō, n. an inhabitant of Judea: a Hebrew or Israelite: opprobriously used for a usurer, miser, &c.:—fem. Jew′ess.—v.t. and v.i. (coll.) to overreach: cheat.—n. Jew′-bait′ing, the persecuting of Jews.—adj. Jew′ish, belonging to the Jews.—adv. Jew′ishly.—ns. Jew′ishness; Jew's′-ear, a fungus that grows on the elder, and bears some resemblance to the human ear; Jew's' frank′incense, the balsam known as benzoin or gum storax, often used as an incense; Jew's′-harp, a small harp-shaped musical instrument played between the teeth by striking a spring with the finger; Jew's′-mall′ow, a plant much cultivated as a pot-herb by the Jews in Syria; Jew's′-myr′tle, the prickly-leaved plant Ruscus aculeatus; Jew's′-pitch, asphaltum; Jew's′-stone, the fossil spine of a large echinus or sea hedgehog.—Jew's eye, in proverb 'Worth a Jew's eye,' something of high value—from the custom of torturing Jews for money; Jews' houses, in Cornwall, the name given to prehistoric miners' dwellings.—Wandering Jew (see Wander). [O. Fr. Juis—L. Judæus—Gr. Ioudaios—Heb. Yehūdāh, Judah.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. JEW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jew is ranked #19105 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jew surname appeared 1,424 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Jew.

    79.1% or 1,127 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.7% or 110 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 80 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.2% or 60 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jew in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of jew in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Noah Morgan:

    The tweet was absolutely shocking, not only was it hurtful as a Jew, but seeing a fake Jew using such disgusting racist language towards black people.

  2. Ayman Odeh:

    Arabs alone cannot make a democracy strong. It has to be Arabs and Jews, my dream is one day we will build a real Arab-Jew party, and I tell Jews to come join us and build a true democratic party in this country.

  3. Anne Frank:

    Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.

  4. Golda Meir:

    Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.

  5. Sarhan Ganayem:

    I don't want to be mistaken for a terrorist, and I don't want to risk a real terrorist turning up and maybe mistaking my wife, who is kind of blonde and Russian-looking, for a Jew.

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  • Dwight Hunter
    Dwight Hunter
    After careful study, I find it strikingly odd and totally disturbing that the word Jew is actually not in biblical scripture and is only a result of a change in the English translations. The word Jew is NOT written in the Old Testament nor the New Testament. It seems, for whatever the reason, that translators are simply replacing all of the original references to the biblical 12 tribes of Hebrew Israelites with this one group of people who call themselves Jews. The term Jew is being used in the holy bible to replace Judahites, all decendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. Shockingly, while the term is being used to represent decendants of Judah, it is simultaneously and quite contradictingly being used to replace all the other decendants from the other 11 tribes. In that regard, they are replacing the original Hebrew people with the Jewish people. Unfortunately, the term Jew is also being used to replace the word Judean - someone from the region of Judea. There seems to be a strong desire to “make” Jews the Hebrews of the holy bible, no matter the cost. 
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