[iz-ree-uh-lahyt, -rey-]
a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.
one of a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.
of or pertaining to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.

1350–1400; Middle English; see Israel, -ite1

non-Israelite, noun
pre-Israelite, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Israelite (ˈɪzrɪəˌlaɪt, -rə-)
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

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Israelites definition

The descendants of Jacob, who made up twelve tribes, including the tribes of Judah, Levi, Reuben, and Benjamin.

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