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Jew XII(Giw, Gyu, Iu(w), Ieu). — OF. giu, earlier juiu (mod. juif) :- L. jūdæus — Gr. ioudaīos, f. Aram. y'hûdhāi, Heb. y'hûdhī, f. y'hûdhāh Judah, name of a Jewish patriarch and the tribe descended from him. OE. had pl. Iudeas. Jew's EAR fungus growing on trees, esp. the elder (on which Judas Iscariot, acc. to legend, hanged himself) XVI; mistr. of medL. auricula Judæ Judas's ear. Jews' HARP, earlier Jews' TRUMP (XVI), rudimentary musical instrument, the ascription of which to Jews is unexpl.
Hence Jewish XVI; OE. had Iudeisċ. Jewry Jews' quarter. ghetto XIII; Jews; †Judea, Palestine XIV. — AN. juerie, OF. juierie (mod. juiverie).

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Jew

Jew a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who trace their origins to the ancient Hebrew people of Israel.

The name is Middle English and comes via Old French and Latin from Greek Ioudaios, via Aramaic from Hebrew yĕhūḏī, from yĕhūḏāh ‘Judah’.

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Jew. A person descended from a Jewish mother or who has formally converted to Judaism. According to the halakhah, Jewish descent is from the maternal line. Even an apostate is counted as a full Jew. Gentiles who wish to identify with Judaism have to undergo full ritual conversion, including circumcision for men, and mikveh.

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Jew / joō/ • n. a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who trace their origins through the ancient Hebrew people of Israel to Abraham. PHRASES: jew someone down offens. bargain with someone in a miserly or petty way.

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Jew

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