- a term used to refer to a Jewish girl or woman.
Origin of Jewess
First used in the Middle Ages, the term Jewess has been an inoffensive, neutral term for most of its history. With the advent of the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s, it began to be considered condescending and has since declined in use. See also -ess.
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Examples from the Web for jewess
So, why no Jewess in the mix of more recent and diverse Miss Americas?Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
At the back we had some of those steel cupboards where we kept our stock and I put the Jew and the Jewess in there!‘Soldaten: Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs’ by Soenke Neitzel & Harald Welzer
Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
September 24, 2012
You are no longer a Jewess; you are one of our faith; there is now no bar upon our loves.Leila, Complete
Then, as to her being a Jewess—who knows what changes love might produce?
This was the first time he omitted to call them the Jew and Jewess.
Judith might have been tempted to do that sort of thing; she was a Jewess.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Was it, as a Jewess, that my speculations about race had offended her?That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
- often offensive a Jewish girl or woman
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Word Origin and History for jewess
late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jüiesse, fem. of jüif (see Jew).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper