Definition of gentile in English:


Syllabification: gen·tile
Pronunciation: /ˈjentīl


  • 1 (Gentile) Not Jewish: Christianity spread from Jewish into Gentile cultures
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    • Why was there controversy about observing the Jewish Sabbath among Jewish and Gentile Christians in the church at Colossae?
    • Of course in early Christianity one of the great struggles between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians involved the food laws in Judaism.
    • Mark expected Jewish and Gentile Christians to use however much time remained for the evangelization of the nations.
  • 1.1(Of a person) not belonging to one’s own religious community.
  • 1.2(In the Mormon church) non-Mormon.
  • 2chiefly Anthropology Of, relating to, or indicating a nation or clan, especially a gens.


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  • A person who is not Jewish.
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    • Again we must say that this was strictly a Jewish affair, no Gentiles being involved; no, not even the Roman guard.
    • Also the congregations in these synagogues were Jews, Gentiles sat outside the main room on one side and the women and children on the other side.
    • I think that this information would be of interest to Gentiles as well as Jews.


late Middle English: from Latin gentilis 'of a family or nation, of the same clan' (used in the Vulgate to refer to non-Jews), from gens, gent- 'family, race', from the root of gignere 'beget'.

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