n. often Gentile
1. A person who is not Jewish.
2. Archaic A pagan or heathen.
3. Mormon Church A non-Mormon.
1. often Gentile Of or relating to a gentile.
2. Of or relating to a gens, tribe, or people.
[Middle English gentil, from Late Latin gentīlis, pagan, from Latin, of the same clan; see GENTLE.]
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