Definition of Yemenite in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Yemen, or a person of Yemeni descent.

    1. 1.1 A Jew who was, or whose ancestors were, formerly resident in Yemen.
      • ‘The Jewish Agency claims that the Satmar are indoctrinating the Yemenites into the Satmar's obscure brand of Judaism, while the Satmar claim to have only the purest of humanitarian motives.’
      • ‘According to the plan, a larger number of Yemenites living in Monsey were to be smuggled to Israel, but Satmar Hasidim in the township discovered the preparations and prevented their departure.’


  • Relating to Yemeni Arabs or Jews.

    • ‘One petite Yemenite woman who established and ran a community center for the indigent elderly told me that when she needed recharging, instead of a coffee break, she would take a prayer break and say Psalms.’
    • ‘In his Emma Goldman's Wedding, ethnic references were nicely interwoven in the dance through the stories told by his Yemenite mother, Margalit Oved, a former dancer.’
    • ‘They are also popular in Israel, where they are sometimes called the ‘Israeli hot dog’, and are often served with a hot fenugreek relish called hilbeh brought to Israel by the Yemenite Jews.’
    • ‘The thrilling Toccata with its driving momentum was riveting, coloured by strumming repeated-note effects and buoyant Yemenite dance figures.’
    • ‘In the Jerusalem attack, the bomber entered the Yemenite falafel cafe on a busy street in the city centre.’
    • ‘The holdout record was a Yemenite man who spent about a quarter-century in prison, where he eventually died, rather than comply with a rabbinical court order to divorce his wife.’
    • ‘At the beginning she fused modern ballet technique with the softer, grounded style of Yemenite dance but later drew on a wider range of folk traditions.’
    • ‘He imports spices, fava beans, and fruit nectars from Israel and bakes his own lafah, the Yemenite flatbread that makes his turkey shawarma something special.’
    • ‘One Yemenite person from the gathering, namely, Abu Shah, requested the Holy Prophet to provide him the sermon in a written form.’
    • ‘With thanks to reader Alex Corvino, here is a detailed update to the story about the ‘smuggling’ of Yemenite Jews from Monsey, NY, to Israel, that I blogged about last week.’
    • ‘When I was eight years old I was already reading a book about Yemenite Jews who had settled in Palestine. I grew up in a traditional home, and the prayers that I recited daily have at least thirty references to Zion.’
    • ‘One of the stand-out tracks on the record is The Last Day - a lugubrious lament that glides between major and minor keys - and it turns out to be a feat of reverse engineering inspired by a sample of an unaccompanied Yemenite singer.’
    • ‘In his hometown of Yehud, then a modest village near Tel Aviv, he started dancing the Yemenite folk dances that were part of his family's heritage, and was competing in dance clubs by age 13.’
    • ‘Baked Fish with Cloves and Bell Peppers, Passover Vegetable Soup, Matzo Ball Soup, Mediterranean Vegetable Salad, Yemenite Lamb with Garlic and Chives, Ashkenazim Potatoes, Almond Cake with Fruit Sauce’
    • ‘‘Sixty-six years later we have returned Jewish families to the area with the idea of living side-by-side with the Arabs,’ Mr Luria said, adding that three of the eight families are of Yemenite heritage so ‘it's really closing a circle’.’
    • ‘They are my Yemenite and Moroccan and Portuguese and American mothers.’
    • ‘The Y-chromosome signatures of the Yemenite Jews are also similar to those of other Jewish and Semitic populations.’
    • ‘I served the candied eggplant with fresh Malawach which is a popular multilayered fried flatbread brought to Israel by Yemenite Jews.’
    • ‘I got to know the talented and beautiful Israeli-born Yemenite singer during her visits to Tokyo.’


From Arabic yamanī ‘Yemeni’ + -ite.