Definition of Ashkenazi
noun (plural Ashkenazim /-zɪm/)
- a Jew of central or eastern European descent. More than 80 per cent of Jews today are Ashkenazim; they preserve Palestinian rather than Babylonian Jewish traditions and some still use Yiddish. Compare with Sephardi.
from modern Hebrew, from Ashkenaz, grandson of Japheth, one of the sons of Noah (Gen. 10:3)