noun, plural Is·rae·lis, (especially collectively) Is·rae·li.

a native or inhabitant of modern Israel.


of or relating to modern Israel or its inhabitants.

Origin of Israeli

1945–50; < Hebrew yisrāʿēlī, equivalent to Yisrā'ēl Israel + suffix of appurtenance
Related formsan·ti-Is·rae·li, noun, adjectivepro-Is·rae·li, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -lis or -li

a citizen or inhabitant of the state of Israel


of, relating to, or characteristic of the state of Israel or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for israeli


1948; from Israel + Hebrew national designation suffix -i. Coined to distinguish citizens of the modern state from the ancient people who had been known in English since late 14c. as Israelites.

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