Israelites



[iz-ree-uh-lahyt, -rey-] /ˈɪz ri əˌlaɪt, -reɪ-/

noun
1.
a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the Hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of .
2.
one of a group considered by its members or by others as God’s chosen people.
adjective
3.
of or relating to ancient or its people; Hebrew.
/ˈɪzrɪəˌlaɪt; -rə-/
noun
1.
(Bible) a member of the ethnic group claiming descent from Jacob; a Hebrew
2.
(Bible) a citizen of the kingdom of Israel (922 to 721 bc) as opposed to Judah
3.
a member of any of various Christian sects who regard themselves as God’s chosen people
4.
an archaic and sometimes offensive word for a Jew
n.

late 14c., from Latin israelita, from Greek Israelites, from Israel (see Israel).

The descendants of Jacob, who made up twelve tribes, including the tribes of Judah, Levi, Reuben, and Benjamin.

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