Definition of gentile in English:



  • 1Not Jewish.

    ‘a predominantly Gentile audience’
    • ‘Of course in early Christianity one of the great struggles between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians involved the food laws in Judaism.’
    • ‘The real step forward here, however, is not so much in a deep and detailed understanding of changing Gentile perceptions, but of how Jews internalized those stereotypes.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most dramatic example we have of this principle of communication and control is the balustrade in the Jerusalem temple which prohibited Gentile access to the court of the Israelites.’
    • ‘Consequently, little was said about qualifications for elders until Paul began organizing Gentile churches with the help of Timothy and Titus.’
    • ‘On many points Jewish and Gentile standards of behaviour were the same.’
    • ‘He wanted to present the play on Broadway and not entirely in Yiddish; after all, he had to keep a wide, largely Gentile audience in mind.’
    • ‘Why is it that this Gentile woman understands this, when the Pharisees and the disciples do not?’
    • ‘It was important that Galilee was a border area between a predominantly Jewish area and areas with Gentile populations.’
    • ‘Why was there controversy about observing the Jewish Sabbath among Jewish and Gentile Christians in the church at Colossae?’
    • ‘Throughout the novel, Rubinstein slides between Yiddish-inflected and Gentile slang depending on his level of self-confidence.’
    • ‘Despite the taboo of Christian and Gentile mixing, Rebecca insisted that in the matter of caring for the sick, the taboo could be broken.’
    • ‘It became hybridized with so much pagan influence that it ultimately alienated its original Jewish base and became predominantly Gentile.’
    • ‘As we have noted, the association of red wine and blood was common in both the Jewish and the Gentile cultures.’
    • ‘The psalmodic practices of the Jewish diaspora are extremely diverse and manifest varying degrees of relation to the musical traditions of surrounding Gentile cultures.’
    • ‘One of the challenges for emerging Christianity was defining the relationship between an increasingly Gentile church and Christianity's historic Jewish roots.’
    • ‘The New Testament was written in Greek bringing God's kingdom to the whole Greek speaking Gentile world, as well as the Jews.’
    • ‘Mark expected Jewish and Gentile Christians to use however much time remained for the evangelization of the nations.’
    • ‘The people of the former three had Jews as part of the congregation while the latter were basically Gentile churches.’
    • ‘Jewish and Gentile people did not eat with one another in the first century.’
    • ‘We do know that there was a mixed Jewish and Gentile population in Tiberias.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) not belonging to one's own religious community.
    2. 1.2historical Non-Mormon.
  • 2Anthropology
    Relating to or indicating a nation or clan, especially a gens.


  • A person who is not Jewish.

    • ‘Eventually, it warmed the souls of countless thousands of Jews and Gentiles, throughout the known world.’
    • ‘By the way, did you know that there really was a wall in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem that divided Jews from Gentiles?’
    • ‘On the other hand, the Gentiles, and the Greeks in particular, were evolutionary in their thinking.’
    • ‘Antioch, the capital of the Roman province of Syria, was where the first church was planted among the Gentiles.’
    • ‘There, it was decided that the Gentiles were not bound to the Jewish Law.’
    • ‘This emphasis and a focus on redeeming the Gentiles moved the early church away from a land-related agenda.’
    • ‘All those rules were terrible but the worst one of all was the one that forbid Gentiles to associate with Jews.’
    • ‘He will, for the very first time, bring unity to the Jews and Gentiles!’
    • ‘Even the Gentiles' hearts have been touched by Napoleon's sweet spirit.’
    • ‘Again we must say that this was strictly a Jewish affair, no Gentiles being involved; no, not even the Roman guard.’
    • ‘Also the congregations in these synagogues were Jews, Gentiles sat outside the main room on one side and the women and children on the other side.’
    • ‘I think that this information would be of interest to Gentiles as well as Jews.’
    • ‘Both Gentiles and Jews were being invited to enter into this new temple through their acceptance of the gospel message.’
    • ‘Edwards then explains that the purpose of all this was to open a door for the apostles when they came to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.’
    • ‘Paul knew that Gentiles as well as Jews could live such a faith.’
    • ‘Paul saw the law to be the factor which separated Jews from Gentiles.’
    • ‘He had come not just for Israel, but also for the Gentiles!’
    • ‘Traditionally, intermarriage between Jews and Gentiles has been forbidden.’
    • ‘Such preaching will always be a stumbling block, to Gentiles and Jews alike.’
    • ‘Were believing Gentiles indeed fellow heirs of Abraham along with believing Jews?’


Late Middle English: from Latin gentilis of a family or nation, of the same clan (used in the Vulgate to refer to non-Jews), from gens, gent- family, race, from the root of gignere beget.