[ iz-rey-lee ]

noun,plural Is·rae·lis, (especially collectively) Is·rae·li.
  1. a native or inhabitant of modern Israel.

  1. of or relating to modern Israel or its inhabitants.

Origin of Israeli

First recorded in 1945–50; from Hebrew yisrāʿēlī, equivalent to Yisrā'ēl + a suffix indicating relationship or origin; see origin at Israel

Other words from Israeli

  • an·ti-Is·rae·li, noun, adjective
  • pro-Is·rae·li, noun, adjective

Words Nearby Israeli Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Israeli in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Israeli


/ (ɪzˈreɪlɪ) /

nounplural -lis or -li
  1. a citizen or inhabitant of the state of Israel

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the state of Israel or its inhabitants

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