- One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
- A person who is not Jewish; -- used in this sense by Jews.synonyms: goy[male], shiksa[female].synonyms: Pagan; heathen. See Pagan.
Note: ☞ The Hebrews included in the term gōyim, or nations, all the tribes of men who had not received the true faith, and were not circumcised. The Christians translated gōyim by the L. gentes, and imitated the Jews in giving the name gentiles to all nations who were neither Jews nor Christians. In civil affairs, the denomination was given to all nations who were not Romans. As used by Mormons, the term gentile designates any person who is not a Mormon.
Etymology: L. gentilis belonging to the same clan, stock, race, people, or nation; in opposition to Roman, a foreigner; in opposition to Jew or Christian, a heathen: cf. F. gentil. See Gentle (a.)