nounWord forms: plural ˌAshkeˈnazim (ˌɑʃkəˈnɑzɪm
; äshˌkənäzˈim; ˌæʃkəˈnæzɪm
see also Sephardi
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Word origin of 'Ashkenazi'Heb, a German Jew; earlier, a German, after ashkenaz, name of an ancient kingdom (see Jer. 51:27), after ashkenaz, second son of Gomer (see Gen. 10:3); prob. akin to Akkadian ishkuzai (> Gr Skythoi, the Scythians)