Definition of gentile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒentaɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentaɪl//
(also Gentile)
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a person who is not Jewish Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin gentilis ‘of a family or nation, of the same clan’ (used in the Vulgate, Latin version of the Bible prepared in the late 4th century, to refer to non-Jews), from gens, gent- ‘family, race’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’.

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