Definition of Israelite

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of the ancient kingdom of Israel.

Group relationships: Israel
Generic synonyms: Asian, Asiatic
Specialized synonyms: Samaritan

2. Noun. A person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties.

Definition of Israelite

1. n. A descendant of Israel, or Jacob; a Hebrew; a Jew.

Definition of Israelite

1. Proper noun. A native or inhabitant of the (1) united nation of Israel (under the Judges, and then kings Saul, David and Solomon), or (2) the later northern kingdom centered in Samaria, distinct from kingdom of Judah centered in Jerusalem. ¹

2. Proper noun. A member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and a descendant of Jacob. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the ancient nation(s) of Israel, their inhabitants, or to the descendants of the patriarch Jacob. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Israelite

Isospora bigemina
Isospora canis
Isospora felis
Isospora rivolta
Isospora suis
Israel Baline
Israel Israeli
Israel Zangwill
Israeli Defense Force
Israeli Sign Language
Israeli monetary unit
Istanbul twist
Isthmian Games
Isthmus-Mecayapan Nahuatl

Literary usage of Israelite

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Samuel Johnson (1810)
"FIRST israelite. Unhappy sister ! whence the care, That seems above thy ... FIRST israelite. Yet if our power cannot relieve, our pity sure may share. ..."

2. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"To an israelite of the tribes west of Jordan the title "Gileadite" must have conveyed a similar impression, though in a far stronger degree, ..."

3. The History of Israel by Heinrich Ewald (1883)
"B. JOSEPH ACCORDING TO THE israelite TRADITION. The israelite tradition, however, now lies before us in a highly elaborated form, which does not connect the ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"An israelite could buy a fellow Hebrew, whether male or female, for six years only, ... In the year of jubilee an israelite slave was to be set free, ..."

5. Journal of Theological Studies (1908)
"The Journal of Theological Studies APRIL, 180S A THEORY OF THE DEVELOPEMENT OF israelite RELIGION IN EARLY TIMES. THE theory which forms the subject of this ..."

6. Sermons on Several Occasions by John Wesley (1855)
"Jin israelite Indeed. ... an israelite indeed, in whom U no guile," John i, 47. 1. SOME years ago, a very ingenious man, professor Hutcheson ol Glasgow, ..."

7. The Gospel According to St. John: The Authorized Version by Brooke Foss Westcott (1882)
"25. an israelite indeed} one, that is, who answers in character to the name ... "The'true israelite,'" as it has been well said, "acknowledges his king. ..."

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