[ jen-tahyl ]
/ ˈdʒɛn taɪl /
adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)
of or relating to any people not Jewish.
Christian, as distinguished from Jewish.
Mormon Church. not Mormon.
heathen or pagan.
(of a linguistic expression) expressing nationality or local origins.
of or relating to a tribe, clan, people, nation, etc.
a person who is not Jewish, especially a Christian.
(among Mormons) a person who is not a Mormon.
a heathen or pagan.
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Origin of gentile
OTHER WORDS FROM gentilenon·gen·tile, adjective, nounpro-Gen·tile, adjective, nounun·gen·tile, adjective
Words nearby gentile
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British Dictionary definitions for gentile (1 of 3)
/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for gentile (2 of 3)
/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /
a person who is not a Jew
a Christian, as contrasted with a Jew
a person who is not a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons
a heathen or pagan
of or relating to a race or religion that is not Jewish
Christian, as contrasted with Jewish
not being a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons
pagan or heathen
British Dictionary definitions for gentile (3 of 3)
/ (Italian dʒenˈtiːle) /
Giovanni (dʒoˈvanni). 1875–1944, Italian Idealist philosopher and Fascist politician: minister of education (1922–24)
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Cultural definitions for gentile
notes for Gentile
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