gentile

[ jen-tahyl ]
/ ˈdʒɛn taɪl /

adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)

noun


Nearby words

  1. gentian violet,
  2. gentianaceous,
  3. gentianella,
  4. gentianophil,
  5. gentianophobic,
  6. gentile da fabriano,
  7. gentileschi,
  8. gentileschi, artemisia,
  9. gentilesse,
  10. gentilism

Origin of gentile

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin gentīlis, equivalent to gent-, stem of gēns gens + -īlis -ile

Related formsnon·gen·tile, adjective, nounpro-Gen·tile, adjective, nounun·gen·tile, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gentile

gentile

/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /

adjective

denoting an adjective or proper noun used to designate a place or the inhabitants of a place, as Spanish and Spaniard
of or relating to a tribe or people

Word Origin for gentile

C14: from Late Latin gentīlis, from Latin: one belonging to the same tribe or family; see gens

Gentile

1
/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /

noun

adjective

Gentile

2
/ (Italian dʒenˈtiːle) /

noun

Giovanni (dʒoˈvanni). 1875–1944, Italian Idealist philosopher and Fascist politician: minister of education (1922–24)
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Word Origin and History for gentile
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Culture definitions for gentile

Gentile

Someone who is not a Jew (see also Jews). “The nations” is the common expression in the Old Testament for non-Jews as a group, and a Gentile is a person belonging to “the nations.”

Note

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament tell of numerous conflicts between Jews and Gentiles. Figuratively, a “gentile” is any nonbeliever.

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