[ iz-ree-uh-lahyt, -rey- ]
/ ˈɪz ri əˌlaɪt, -reɪ- /


a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the Hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.
one of a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.


of or relating to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.

Origin of Israelite

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Israel, -ite1
Related formsnon-Is·ra·el·ite, nounpre-Is·ra·el·ite, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for israelite


/ (ˈɪzrɪəˌlaɪt, -rə-) /


Bible a member of the ethnic group claiming descent from Jacob; a Hebrew
Bible a citizen of the kingdom of Israel (922 to 721 bc) as opposed to Judah
a member of any of various Christian sects who regard themselves as God's chosen people
an archaic and sometimes offensive word for a Jew

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