Alternative Spellings

geir, geyr


  • (pl. gerim) A convert to Judaism.

Example Sentences

  • "In all branches of Judaism, a ger or giyoret is considered a full Jew." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


גר ger 'stranger'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Old-fashioned, historical (JPS). Not to be confused with the Hasidic group called Ger (or the 'Ger Hasidim,' 'Ger Chasidim').

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