Meaning of Jew in English:


Pronunciation /dʒuː/

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  • A member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who trace their origins through the ancient Hebrew people of Israel to Abraham.

    ‘Jews believe that a Jew is someone who is the child of a Jewish mother, and who has not adopted another faith.’
    • ‘Jacob was a Shemite and a Hebrew, but not a Jew because Jews originated with his son Judah.’
    • ‘This is borne out when you study the ancient Jews and the original Hebrew and Greek.’
    • ‘So let us make a fresh start and try to discover what it's like to be a Jew, how Judaism looks from within.’
    • ‘She later played the roles of both a teenage gang member and a Hasidic Jew.’
    • ‘He clearly was neither a law-abiding Jew nor an upstanding member of the local community.’
    • ‘We can make better progress if we briefly consider how ancient Jews did categorize the law.’
    • ‘A Jew must be aware that he is not only an individual, but a cell in the body of a nation.’
    • ‘They now speak of a bi-national state where Arabs and Jews may share the same land.’
    • ‘Glatt remained an Orthodox Jew but also a true European of the old school.’
    • ‘If one Jew or all the Jews were to accept the prescription here offered, he or they cannot be worse off than now.’


Middle English from Old French juiu, via Latin from Greek Ioudaios, via Aramaic from Hebrew yĕhūḏī, from yĕhūḏāh ‘Judah’ (see Judah).