Israelite definition

ĭzrē-ə-līt
A member of a people regarded as the chosen people of God.
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A native or inhabitant of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel.
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Of or relating to ancient Israel, the ancient Israelites, or their culture.
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A member of the people of ancient Israel or their descendants; Hebrew.
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Of ancient Israel or the Israelites.
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A descendant of Jacob; a Jew.
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A Jew not descended from the tribe of Levi and not a priest.
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A native or inhabitant of the (1) united nation of Israel (under the Judges, and then kings Saul, David and Solomon), or (2) the later northern kingdom centered in Samaria, distinct from kingdom of Judah centered in Jerusalem.
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A member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and a descendant of Jacob.
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Of or pertaining to the ancient nation(s) of Israel or the inhabitants thereof.
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(rare, chiefly in Protestantism) Of or pertaining to the descendants of the patriarch Jacob.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
israelite
Plural:
israelites

Origin of israelite

  • From the Latin Isrāēlīta (“Israelite”), from the Ancient Greek Ἰσρᾱηλῑ́της (Isrāēlī́tēs, “Israelite”), from Ἰσρᾱήλ (Isrāēl, “Israel”), from the Hebrew יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yiśrāʼēl, “Israel”).

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