Definition of gentile in English:

Share this entry

gentile

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛntʌɪl/

adjective

1 (Gentile) Not Jewish: a predominantly Gentile audience
More example sentences
  • 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 historical Non-Mormon.
2chiefly Anthropology Relating to or indicating a nation or clan, especially a gens.

noun

(Gentile) A person who is not Jewish.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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'.

Words that rhyme with gentile

percentile

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: gen|tile

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.