plural noun, singular Ash·ke·naz·i [ahsh-kuh-nah-zee] /ˌɑʃ kəˈnɑ zi/.
Origin of Ashkenazim
British Dictionary definitions for ashkenazi
noun plural -zim (-zɪm)
Word Origin for Ashkenazi
Word Origin and History for ashkenazi
(plural) "central and northern European Jews" (as opposed to Sephardim, Jews of Spain and Portugal), 1839, from Hebrew Ashkenazzim, plural of Ashkenaz, eldest son of Gomer (Gen. x:3), also the name of a people mentioned in Jer. li:27 (perhaps akin to Greek skythoi "Scythians," cf. Akkadian ishkuzai); identified historically with various people; in Middle Ages, with the Germans.