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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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This meant dress like Ashkenazim, pray in the Ashkenazic style, and follow Ashkenazic customs.
In order to obtain their findings, the researchers analyzed the genomes of 128 Ashkenazi Jews, and then marked the contrast between those of European non-Jews, to discover what genetic traits Ashkenazim possess that made them unique.
On the basis of such notions, many Ashkenazim see little or no reason to visit the place.
There are (1) the old Ashkenazim (Jews of European origin); (2) the Oriental (or "Sephardi") Jews; (3) the religious (partly Ashkenazi, partly Oriental); (4) the "Russians", immigrants from all the countries of the former Soviet union; and (5) the Palestinian-Arab citizens, who did not come from anywhere.
These three clusters arose by a splintering of Jewish populations in the initial phases of the Diaspora, showed low levels of admixture with non-Jewish populations of the host countries, and indicated some degree of contact between members of these subclusters, e.g., considerably similar genomic signatures were noted between Ashkenazim and Sefardim (Behar 2010).
between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim and featured a Mizrahi character in the
The irony is that this narrative is the handicraft of fellow Jews, Ashkenazim oblivious to the Sephardic presence.
His rubbish about Ashkenazim not being Jews beggars belief as this is the collective term for all Jews of European origin, so his suggestion that "the Israelis attacking Gaza are not Jews and have no right to be in Palestine" is a complete joke.
The scientists also asked those providing the DNA samples whether they were Ashkenazim or Sephardim.
A third principle of division within Jewish schools, one that traverses all three sub-systems, is that between "regular" pupils, most of whom are Ashkenazim, and pupils defined as "in need of special nurturing," most of whom are Mizrahim.
It was only after the Six-Day War that the relationship between Ashkenazim (Jews of European origin) and Sephardim (Jews mostly from the Middle East) exploded into open struggle.
all four [genetic clusters studied for men] most likely arose in the Near East and were markers of a migration to Europe of people ancestral to the Ashkenazim."