- The non-Jewish friend of a rabbi is an example of someone who might be described as the rabbi's gentile friend.
- The non-Mormon friend of a person who is a member of a Mormon church is an example of someone who would be described as gentile.
The definition of gentile is a term used by someone of a particular faith to describe someone not of that faith, most often used to describe people who are not Jewish or who are not Mormon.
- any person not a Jew; often, specif., a Christian
- Historical among Christians, a heathen or pagan
- among Mormons, any person not a Mormon
Origin of gentilefrom French and L; French gentil from Classical Latin gentilis, of the same gens, clan, or race; also, foreigner (in opposition to Roman); in LL(Ec), pagan, heathen (in opposition to Jew and Christian): see gentle
- not Jewish
- heathen; pagan
- not Mormon: term used by the Mormons
- of a clan, tribe, or nation
- Gram. designating a nationality or country: “French” is a gentile adjective
- A person who is not Jewish.
- Archaic A pagan or heathen.
- Mormon Church A non-Mormon.
- often Gentile Of or relating to a gentile.
- Of or relating to a gens, tribe, or people.
Origin of gentileMiddle English gentil from Late Latin gentīlis pagan from Latin of the same clan ; see gentle .