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