- a member of the group of Jews that, after the Diaspora, settled in central, northern, and, later, eastern Europe and developed Yiddish as their spoken language
- a descendant of this group which has some traditions of ritual and prayer, culture and customs, and Hebrew pronunciation that differ from those of a Sephardi
Origin of AshkenaziHeb, a German Jew; earlier, a German, after ashkenaz, name of an ancient kingdom (see Jeremiah 51:27), after ashkenaz, second son of Gomer (see Genesis 10:3); probably akin to Akkadian ishkuzai (from source Classical Greek Skythoi, the Scythians)
Origin of AshkenaziMedieval Hebrew 'aškənāzî from 'aškənaz Germany adoption of Hebrew 'aškənaz name of one of Noah's grandsons and of a neighboring people perhaps alteration of earlier 'aškûz Scythians Akkadian ašguzai, iškuzai from Old Persian Saka-, Skūča-
(comparative more Ashkenazi, superlative most Ashkenazi)
- An Askhenazi Jew.