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n. pl. Ash·ke·naz·im (-năz′ĭm, -nä′zĭm)
A member of the branch of European Jews, historically Yiddish-speaking, who settled in central and eastern Europe.

[Medieval Hebrew 'aškənāzî, from 'aškənaz, Germany, adoption of Hebrew 'aškənaz, name of one of Noah's grandsons and of a neighboring people, perhaps alteration of earlier *'aškûz, Scythians; akin to Akkadian ašguzai, iškuzai, from Old Persian Saka-, Skūča-.]

Ash′ke·naz′ic (-nä′zĭk) adj.


n, pl -zim (-zɪm)
1. (Peoples) (modifier) of or relating to the Jews of Germany and E Europe
2. (Peoples) a Jew of German or E European descent
3. (Languages) the pronunciation of Hebrew used by these Jews
[C19: Late Hebrew, from Hebrew Ashkenaz, the son of Gomer (Genesis 10:3; I Chronicles 1:6), a descendant of Noah through Japheth, and hence taken to be identified with the ancient Ascanians of Phrygia and, in the medieval period, the Germans]


(ˌɑʃ kəˈnɑ zi)

n., pl. -naz•im (-ˈnɑ zɪm)
a Jew of central or E European origin or ancestry; a member of one of the two main branches of world Jewry distinguished from each other by liturgy, ritual, and pronunciation of Hebrew. Compare Sephardi.
[1830–40; < post-Biblical Hebrew ashkənazzīm, pl. of ashkənazzī <ashkənaz medieval Hebrew name for Germany]
Ash`ke•naz′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ashkenazi - a Jew of eastern European or German descentAshkenazi - a Jew of eastern European or German descent
Jew, Hebrew, Israelite - a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties


A. ADJaskenazí
B. N (Ashkenazim (pl)) [ˌæʃkəˈnɑːzɪm]askenazí mf
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