adj. Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS).
"My family is Ashkenazi, we come from Poland."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb אשכנזי ashkenazí, from אשכנז ashkenaz '(Jewish) medieval Germany'; Yiddish אַשכּנזיש ashkenázish
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
Who Uses This
In the Bible, Ashkenaz was the first son of Gomer and great-grandson of Noah. "Ashkenazic" has also become a description of all Central and Eastern Eurpoean Jews and their descendants.
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