- one of a scattered group of people that traces its descent from the Biblical Hebrews or from postexilic adherents of Judaism; Israelite.
- a person whose religion is Judaism.
- a subject of the ancient kingdom of Judah.
- Offensive. of Jews; Jewish.
- (lowercase) Offensive. to bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often followed by down).
Origin of Jew
Examples from the Web for jews
It marked a groundbreaking moment in how the country viewed Jews, especially Jewish women.
As of 2013, Jews make up 1.8 to 2.2 percent of the adult U.S. population.
I stood with a tape recorder, listening to men denounce the liberal media controlled by Jews.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
And for those on the Palestinian right who still dream of driving the Jews into the sea, they too can forget it.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
Divorcees, Jews, and new money were excluded from the Knickerbockers.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
But the Egyptians heard of this and guarded the Jews more carefully than ever before.
In those days, the Jews, like all other people, worshipped many gods.
Their ancestors, like those of the Jews and the Babylonians, had been a desert folk.
But when the Jews entered Palestine, the Canaanites lived in towns and villages.
After a time, however, the Jews and the Canaanites became friends.
- a member of the Semitic people who claim descent from the ancient Hebrew people of Israel, are spread throughout the world, and are linked by cultural or religious ties
- a person whose religion is Judaism
Word Origin and History for jews
late 12c. (in plural, giwis), from Anglo-French iuw, Old French giu, from Latin Iudaeum (nominative Iudaeus), from Greek Ioudaios, from Aramaic jehudhai (Hebrew y'hudi) "Jew," from Y'hudah "Judah," literally "celebrated," name of Jacob's fourth son and of the tribe descended from him. Replaced Old English Iudeas "the Jews." Originally, "Hebrew of the kingdom of Judah."
Jews' harp "simple mouth harp" is from 1580s, earlier Jews' trump (1540s); the connection with Jewishness is obscure. Jew-baiting first recorded 1853, in reference to German Judenhetze. In uneducated times, inexplicable ancient artifacts were credited to Jews, based on the biblical chronology of history: e.g. Jews' money (1570s) "Roman coins found in England." In Greece, after Christianity had erased the memory of classical glory, ruins of pagan temples were called "Jews' castles," and in Cornwall, Jews' houses was the name for the remains of ancient tin-smelting works.
"to cheat, to drive a hard bargain," 1824, from Jew (n.) (cf. gyp, welsh, etc.). The campaign to eliminate it in early 20c. was so successful that people began to avoid the noun and adjective, too, and started using Hebrew instead.
Now I'll say 'a Jew' and just the word Jew sounds like a dirty word and people don't know whether to laugh or not. [Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)]