- a member of the group of Jews that lived in Spain and Portugal before the Inquisition and, after expulsion, in the Ottoman Empire, Middle East, and N Africa
- a descendant of this group which has some traditions of ritual and prayer, culture and customs, and Hebrew pronunciation that differ from those of an Ashkenazi
Origin of SephardiClassical Hebrew (language) sefaradi, after sefarad, a region mentioned in Obadiah 20, often identified with Spain, but probably origin, originally an area in Asia Minor
A descendant of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal during the Middle Ages until persecution culminating in expulsion in 1492 forced them to leave.
Origin of SephardiMedieval Hebrew s&schwa;paraddî, Spaniard, from s&schwa;parad, Spain, adoption of Hebrew s&schwa;parad, placename of disputed location (mentioned in Obadiah 20).