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[joo-is] /ˈdʒu ɪs/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Jewish girl or woman.
Origin of Jewess
First recorded in 1350-1400, Jewess is from the Middle English word jewesse. See Jew, -ess
Usage note
First used in the Middle Ages, the term Jewess has been an inoffensive, neutral term for most of its history. With the advent of the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s, it began to be considered condescending and has since declined in use. See also -ess. Unabridged
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(often offensive) a Jewish girl or woman
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Word Origin and History for Jewess

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jüiesse, fem. of jüif (see Jew).

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