Definition of Jew in English:


(also jew someone down)

Pronunciation /jo͞o/ /dʒu/

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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.’

transitive verb

[with object]offensive
  • Bargain with someone in a miserly or petty way.


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