|1.||denoting an adjective or proper noun used to designate a place or the inhabitants of a place, as Spanish and Spaniard|
|2.||of or relating to a tribe or people|
|[C14: from Late Latin gentīlis, from Latin: one belonging to the same tribe or family; see |
|1.||a person who is not a Jew|
|2.||a Christian, as contrasted with a Jew|
|3.||a person who is not a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons|
|4.||a heathen or pagan|
|5.||of or relating to a race or religion that is not Jewish|
|6.||Christian, as contrasted with Jewish|
|7.||not being a member of one's own church: used esp by Mormons|
|8.||pagan or heathen|
Note: Both the Old Testament and the New Testament tell of numerous conflicts between Jews and Gentiles. Figuratively, a “gentile” is any nonbeliever.
(Heb., usually in plural, goyim), meaning in general all nations except the Jews. In course of time, as the Jews began more and more to pride themselves on their peculiar privileges, it acquired unpleasant associations, and was used as a term of contempt. In the New Testament the Greek word Hellenes, meaning literally Greek (as in Acts 16:1, 3; 18:17; Rom. 1:14), generally denotes any non-Jewish nation.