n. A Jew who was forced to convert to Christianity in medieval Spain and Portugal.
adj. Of or relating to Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity in medieval Spain and Portugal.
Languages of Origin
marrano; of disputed origin meaning, perhaps 'pig, swine'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
Marranos, Maranos, Marano
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