Definition of gentile in English:

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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 Relating to or indicating a nation or clan, especially a gens.


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.


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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