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[joo-is] /ˈdʒu ɪs/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Jewish girl or woman.
Origin of Jewess
1350-1400; Middle English jewesse. See Jew, -ess
Usage note
First used in the Middle Ages, the term Jewess has been an inoffensive, neutral term for most of its history. With the advent of the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s, it began to be considered condescending and has since declined in use. See also -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Do not speak of the attachment of the Jewess to her people: that of the Gipsy is greater.

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
  • You are no longer a Jewess; you are one of our faith; there is now no bar upon our loves.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Watching her, as an eagle watches her prey, was the Jewess, her smooth false front and clean dress being signs of the holy day.

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • Then, as to her being a Jewess—who knows what changes love might produce?

  • The Castilian guards, however, refused to draw on their countrymen in defence of a Jewess.

    Patraas R. H. Busk
  • Judith might have been tempted to do that sort of thing; she was a Jewess.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • She doubted that she was worthy to pray to God—she a Jewess, who had in her possession a letter from her Christian lover!

    The Jews of Barnow Karl Emil Franzos
  • Her mother might have been a Jewess or an Armenian or devil knew what.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for Jewess


(often offensive) a Jewish girl or woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Jewess

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French jüiesse, fem. of jüif (see Jew).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Jewess in the Bible

a woman of Hebrew birth, as Eunice, the mother of Timothy (Acts 16:1; 2 Tim. 1:5), and Drusilla (Acts 24:24), wife of Felix, and daughter of Herod Agrippa I.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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