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From Middle English Jewery, from Old French juerie. Synchronically analyzable as Jew +‎ -ry.


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒuːɹi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːɹi


Jewry (plural Jewries)

  1. A group of Jewish people considered collectively; all Jewish people considered collectively. [from 14th c.]
    Hitler attempted to murder all of European Jewry.
    • 1941, Gershom Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism[1], 3rd revised edition, published 1995, page 1:
      Darkly it [the Kabbalah] stood in their [Samuel David Luzzatto, Moritz Steinschneide, etc.] path, the ally of forces and tendencies in whose rejection pride was taken by a Jewry which, in Steinschneider’s words, regarded it as its chief task to make a decent exit from the world.
    • 1989, Geoffrey Alderman, London Jewry and London Politics, 1889-1986
    • 2019 July 17, Talia Lavin, “When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield”, in GQ[2]:
      Jews and Israel are not synonymous; nor is support for Palestine synonymous with anti-Semitism; nor is questioning the orthodoxy of the Republican party, which the majority of us do with relish, an insult to Jewry.
  2. (obsolete) The land of the Jews; Judea. [14th–17th c.]
  3. (obsolete) The quarter of a medieval town or village inhabited either partially or exclusively by Jews; its main buildings were the synagogue, the ritual bath or mikve, the kosher-oriented butchery and bakery, etc. [from middle XIth c. to late XIIIth c.]



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  1. Alternative form of Jewery