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Word of the Day – Gentile

By March 16, 2021Word of the Day

Gentile (noun)

jen-teel

A person who is not Jewish.

Late Middle English from Latin gentilis ‘of a family or nation, of the same clan’ (used in the Vulgate to refer to non-Jews), from gens, gent- ‘family, race’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’.

Example sentences

“Gentiles were not involved in this affair.”

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