Definition of Israelite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈizrēəˌlīt/


1A member of the ancient Hebrew nation, especially in the period from the Exodus to the Babylonian Captivity (circa 12th to 6th centuries bc).
Example sentences
  • The Temple of the ancient Israelites is the original Hebrew expression of pagan consciousness.
  • The Hebrew Bible written by the ancient Israelites, was adopted by the Early Christians.
  • Unlike their exodus over four centuries later, the Israelites ' entry into Egypt was under very favorable circumstances.
1.1 old-fashioned and sometimes offensive term for Jew.


Relating to the Israelites.
Example sentences
  • Donald Senior stated it nicely in his article ‘Between Two Worlds: Gentile and Israelite Christians in Matthew's Gospel.’
  • The same can be said of Israelite tradition.
  • Zechariah spoke in a world dominated by traditional Israelite enemies.


Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek Israēlitēs.

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Syllabification: Is·ra·el·ite

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