gen|tile

gen|tile
gen|tile or Gen|tile «JEHN tyl», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. a person who is not a Jew, especially a Christian.
2. a heathen; pagan.
3. (among Mormons or Muslims) a person who is not a Mormon or Muslim.
–adj.
1. a) not Jewish. b) Christian (when directly distinguished from Jewish).
3. (among Mormons or Muslims) of or having to do with those outside of the Mormon or Muslim community.
4. having to do with a nation, tribe, or other grouping: »

gentile divisions, a gentile group.

5. Grammar. (of a word) indicating the country, locality, or nation to which anything belongs: »

“Arab,” “Greek,” and “Peruvian” are gentile nouns and adjectives.

[< Late Latin gentīlis foreign < Latin, of a (or the) people, national. See etym. of doublets genteel (Cf.genteel), gentle (Cf.gentle), jaunty. (Cf.jaunty)]

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  • Gen|tile — or Gen|tile «JEHN tyl», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a person who is not a Jew, especially a Christian. 2. a heathen; pagan. 3. (among Mormons or Muslims) a person who is not a Mormon or Muslim. –adj. 1. a) not Jewish. b) Christian (when directly… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gen·tile — ↑gentile …   Useful english dictionary

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  • tile — bis·sex·tile; cas·tile; cen·tile; chrys·o·tile; coc·tile; co·le·op·tile; duc·tile; duc·tile·ly; erec·tile; ex·sec·tile; ex·ser·tile; fer·tile; fer·tile·ly; fer·tile·ness; flu·vi·a·tile; fu·tile; hos·tile·ly; hos·tile·ness; in·fan·tile; len·tile;… …   English syllables

  • gentile — gen·tile …   English syllables

  • gentile — gen|tile1 [ dʒen,taıl ] noun count someone who is not Jewish gentile gen|tile 2 [ dʒen,taıl ] adjective concerning religions and cultures that are not Jewish …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gentile — gen|tile also Gentile [ˈdʒentaıl] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: gentilis, from Latin gens family, nation ] someone who is not Jewish >gentile adj [only before noun] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gentile — gen•tile [[t]ˈdʒɛn taɪl[/t]] adj. (sometimes cap.) 1) jud rel of or pertaining to any people not Jewish 2) jud rel Christian, as distinguished from Jewish 3) rel not Mormon 4) rel heathen or pagan 5) of or pertaining to a tribe, clan, nation, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • Gentile — Gen tile, a. 1. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) Denoting a race or country; as, a gentile noun or adjective. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gentile — Gen tile (j[e^]n t[imac]l), n. [L. gentilis belonging to the same clan, stock, race, people, or nation; in opposition to {Roman}, a foreigner; in opposition to {Jew} or {Christian}, a heathen: cf. F. gentil. See {Gentle}, a.] 1. One neither a Jew …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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