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Gen"tile (jĕn"t&ī;l), n. [L. gentilis belonging to the same clan, stock, race, people, or nation; in opposition to Roman, a foreigner; in opposition to Jew or Christian, a heathen: cf. F. gentil. See Gentle, a.] 1. One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
2. A person who is not Jewish; -- used in this sense by Jews.
Syn. -- goy[male], shiksa[female].
&hand_; The Hebrews included in the term g&ō;yim, or nations, all the tribes of men who had not received the true faith, and were not circumcised. The Christians translated g&ō;yim by the L. gentes, and imitated the Jews in giving the name gentiles to all nations who were neither Jews nor Christians. In civil affairs, the denomination was given to all nations who were not Romans. As used by Mormons, the term gentile designates any person who is not a Mormon.
Syn. -- Pagan; heathen. See Pagan.
Gen"tile, a. 1. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
2. (Gram.) Denoting a race or country; as, a gentile noun or adjective.