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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
  • The dark brows of the young Jewess were drawn close together.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • 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
  • Amy Levy, a singularly gifted Jewess, was born at Clapham, in 1861.

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

    Patraas R. H. Busk
  • She was very unlike the Jewess that is ordinarily pictured to us.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • 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
  • “I should think it was a ‘Priestess of the sun,’” surmised Rebecca the Jewess.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
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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