[ suh-fahr-dim, -fahr-deem ]
/ səˈfɑr dɪm, -fɑrˈdim /
plural noun, singular Se·phar·di [suh-fahr-dee, suh-fahr-dee]. /səˈfɑr di, sə fɑrˈdi/.
Jews of Spain and Portugal or their descendants, distinguished from the Ashkenazim and other Jewish communities chiefly by their liturgy, religious customs, and pronunciation of Hebrew: after expulsion from Spain and Portugal in 1492, established communities in North Africa, the Balkans, Western Europe, and elsewhere.
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Origin of Sephardim
1850–55; <Modern Hebrew Səphāraddīm, plural of Səphāraddī, equivalent to <Hebrew Səphāradh (region mentioned in Bible (Obadiah 20) and assumed to be Spain) + -ī suffix of appurtenance
OTHER WORDS FROM SephardimSe·phar·dic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for Sephardim
The lips are full and sensual, offering an especial contrast to the thin lips of the Sephardim.
For the following, compare Kayserling, Sephardim, p. 250 ff.Jewish Literature and Other Essays|Gustav Karpeles