• n. A convert to Judaism.

Example Sentences

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

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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


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

      Alternative Spellings

      geir, geyr


  • Plural: gerim.

    Old-fashioned, historical (JPS).

    Not to be confused with the Hasidic group called Ger (or the 'Ger Hasidim,' 'Ger Chasidim').

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