gentile

[ jen-tahyl ]
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adjective(sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. of or relating to any people not Jewish.

  2. Christian, as distinguished from Jewish.

  1. Mormon Church. not Mormon.

  2. heathen or pagan.

  3. (of a linguistic expression) expressing nationality or local origins.

  4. of or relating to a tribe, clan, people, nation, etc.

noun
  1. a person who is not Jewish, especially a Christian.

  2. (among Mormons) a person who is not a Mormon.

  1. a heathen or pagan.

Origin of gentile

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin gentīlis, from gent-, stem of gēns gens + -īlis -ile

Other words from gentile

  • non·gen·tile, adjective, noun
  • pro-Gentile, adjective, noun
  • un·gen·tile, adjective

Words Nearby gentile

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British Dictionary definitions for gentile (1 of 3)

gentile

/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /


adjective
  1. denoting an adjective or proper noun used to designate a place or the inhabitants of a place, as Spanish and Spaniard

  2. of or relating to a tribe or people

Origin of gentile

1
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)

Gentile1

/ (ˈdʒɛntaɪl) /


noun
  1. a person who is not a Jew

  2. a Christian, as contrasted with a Jew

  1. a person who is not a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons

  2. a heathen or pagan

adjective
  1. of or relating to a race or religion that is not Jewish

  2. Christian, as contrasted with Jewish

  1. not being a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons

  2. pagan or heathen

British Dictionary definitions for Gentile (3 of 3)

Gentile2

/ (Italian dʒenˈtiːle) /


noun
  1. Giovanni (dʒoˈvanni). 1875–1944, Italian Idealist philosopher and Fascist politician: minister of education (1922–24)

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Cultural 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.”

Notes for Gentile

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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