Origin of Jewry

1175–1225; Middle English jewerie < Anglo-French juerie (Old French juierie), equivalent to ju Jew + -erie -ery
Can be confusedjewelry Jewry jury Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ries
    1. Jews collectively
    2. the Jewish religion or culture
  1. archaic (sometimes found in street names in England) a quarter of a town inhabited by Jews
  2. the Jewry (in some anti-semitic literature) the Jews conceived of as an organized force seeking world domination
  3. archaic the land of Judaea
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Word Origin and History for jewry



c.1200, Jeuerie "ghetto, the Jewish district in a town," from Anglo-French Juerie, Old French Juierie (13c.; Modern French Juiverie); see Jew + -ery. Early 14c. as "Jews collectively;" mid-14c. as "the land of the Jews, Judea."

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