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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gen"tile
  1. One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
  2. 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.)

adjective Gen"tile
  1. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
  2. [Gram] Denoting a race or country; as, a gentile noun or adjective.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Christian ("Christians refer to themselves as gentiles")
  2. A Christian as contrasted with a Jew
  3. A person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
  4. A person who does not acknowledge your god
  5. Belonging to or characteristic of non-Jewish peoples
A collage of Arab citizens of Israel. Such citizens are largely non-Jewish, and so are gentile (sense 1).

From French gentil (“gentile”), from Latin gentīlis (“of or belonging to the same people or nation”), from gēns (“clan; tribe; people, family”) + adjective suffix -īlis (“-ile”). See also gens, gender, genus, and generation.

  1. A non-Jewish person.
  2. (grammar) A noun derived from a proper noun which denotes something belonging to or coming from a particular city, nation, or country.

gentile was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Gentile

Gentile da Fabriano is an artist in the field of painting. Gentile was given the name Gentile di Nicolò di Giovanni in Fabriano.


He breathed his last breath in 1499.


Gentile Tondino was a in the fields of teacher and artist. Gentile was born on September 3rd, 1923 in Montreal. Gentile is also known as Gerry. He passed away on August 29th, 2001.


Maria Della Costa was an actor, theatre, actress, and theater. Maria was given the name Gentile Maria Marchioro Della Costa on January 1st, 1926 in Rio Grande do Sul. She died on January 24th, 2015.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Gentile

Troy Gentile is an actor. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Troy was given the name Troy Francis Farshi on October 27th, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida. Troy is also known as Farshi and Troy Francis.


Giovanni Gentile was a philosopher. Giovanni was born on May 30th, 1875 in Castelvetrano, Italy. He passed away on April 15th, 1944.


Alessandro Gentile is a basketball player for the EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Pallacanestro Treviso, and Olimpia Milano in the Lega Basket Serie A and Euroleague. He has been prominent since 2009. Alessandro was born on November 12th, 1992 in Maddaloni, Italy.


Claudio Gentile is a soccer player for the Varese Calcio S.S.D., Juventus F.C., ACF Fiorentina, Piacenza Calcio 1919, and Italy national football team. Claudio was born on September 27th, 1953 in Tripoli.


Olivia was born on June 13th, 1974.


Dominic Salvatore Gentile is a military person.


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Popularity of Gentile as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gentile U.S.
  White 94.61% 64.26%
  African American 0.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gentile

People with the last name Gentile are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gentile

  • How Popular is the name Gentile? As a last name Gentile was the 2,436th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Gentile first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gentile is Thursday, April 8th, 1875.
  • How unique is the name Gentile? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gentile. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Gentile: Your name in reverse order is Elitneg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tnieelg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gentile? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,873 people with the last name Gentile.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gentile? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Gentile as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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