[ ahsh-kuh-nah-zee ]
/ ˌɑʃ kəˈnɑ zi /
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noun, plural Ash·ke·naz·im [ahsh-kuh-nah-zim]. /ˌɑʃ kəˈnɑ zɪm/.
a member of the diasporic Jewish population that settled in central and eastern Europe, distinguished from the Sephardim chiefly by liturgy, religious customs, and pronunciation of Hebrew.
Also Ash·ke·naz·ic [ahsh-kuh-nah-zeek] /ˌɑʃ kəˈnɑ zik/ . of or relating to the diasporic Jewish population that settled in central and eastern Europe, or to the culture, liturgy, or variety of Hebrew used by these Jews.
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Origin of Ashkenazi
First recorded in 1830–40; from post-Biblical Hebrew ashkənazzīm, plural of ashkənazzī, equivalent to ashkənaz + -ī a suffix indicating relationship or origin; see origin at Ashkenaz
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British Dictionary definitions for Ashkenazi
/ (ˌæʃkəˈnɑːzɪ) /
noun plural -zim (-zɪm)
(modifier) of or relating to the Jews of Germany and E Europe
a Jew of German or E European descent
the pronunciation of Hebrew used by these Jews
Word Origin for Ashkenazi
C19: Late Hebrew, from Hebrew Ashkenaz, the son of Gomer (Genesis 10:3; I Chronicles 1:6), a descendant of Noah through Japheth, and hence taken to be identified with the ancient Ascanians of Phrygia and, in the medieval period, the Germans
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