Israelite [iz-ree-uh-lahyt, -rey-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the Hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.
  2. one of a group considered by its members or by others as God’s chosen people.


  1. of or relating to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.

Origin of Israelite Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Israel, -ite1 Related formsnon-Is·ra·el·ite, nounpre-Is·ra·el·ite, adjective, noun Examples from the Web for israelite Contemporary Examples of israelite

  • In the Bible, Moses does kill a guy—the Egyptian slave master who is beating an Israelite to death.

    Christian Bale: One Man’s Moses Is Another Man’s Terrorist

    Candida Moss, Joel Baden

    December 7, 2014

  • Archeological excavations have yielded many examples of ancient Israelite cups and they are made of cheap durable fabrics.

    Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling

    Candida Moss

    April 6, 2014

  • The Torah explicitly states, “There should be on law for the Israelite (ezrakh) and the stranger that dwells among you.”

    Shavuot and Self-Immolation

    Shaul Magid

    May 14, 2013

  • Her illustration here was my recounting of how a young Jon Peters played a fleeing Israelite in The Ten Commandments.

    The Maslin Stain: A Writer Defends Himself Against the NYT Critic

    William Stadiem

    February 1, 2013

  • Historical Examples of israelite

  • Hope to reach Israelite Bay to-morrow, as it is only sixteen miles distant.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The Israelite did not answer, nor seem to hear this deprecatory remonstrance.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The Israelite Issa acknowledges the crime of which he is accused.

    The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ

    Nicolas Notovitch

  • Then, further, the new Israelite is to cherish the grace of godly fear.

    Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews

    Handley C.G. Moule

  • British Dictionary definitions for israelite Israelite noun

    1. Bible a member of the ethnic group claiming descent from Jacob; a Hebrew
    2. Bible a citizen of the kingdom of Israel (922 to 721 bc) as opposed to Judah
    3. a member of any of various Christian sects who regard themselves as God’s chosen people
    4. an archaic and sometimes offensive word for a Jew

    Word Origin and History for israelite Israelite n.

    late 14c., from Latin israelita, from Greek Israelites, from Israel (see Israel).

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