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 ’&schwa;sra’el, house of Israel : beta, bound form of bet, house + ’&schwa;sra’el, Israel (from Hebrew yiśra’&emacron;l); see Israel1.