Beta IsraelBe·ta Israel
- A people of uncertain origin, living since ancient times in what is now central Ethiopia and practicing a form of Judaism. Between 1984 and 1991, most Ethiopian Jews were resettled in Israel.
- A member of this people.
Origin of Beta IsraelGe'ez beta 'əsrā'el house of Israel beta bound form of bet house 'əsrā'el Israel ( from Hebrew yiśrā'ēl ); see Israel 1.