Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1484: ethnos (pronounced eth'-nos)

probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together

1a) a company, troop, swarm

2) a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus

2a) the human family

3) a tribe, nation, people group

4) in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles

5) Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

Part of Speech: noun neuter

Relation: probably from G1486

Citing in TDNT: 2:364, 201


This word is used 165 times:

Acts 11:18: "God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."
Acts 13:19: "And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to them by lot."
Acts 13:42: "the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached"
Acts 13:46: "of everlasting life, lo, we turn"
Acts 13:46: "of everlasting life, lo, we turn"
Acts 13:47: "saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for"
Acts 13:48: "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the"
Acts 14:2: "Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against"
Acts 14:5: "an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their"
Acts 14:16: "past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways."
Acts 14:27: "how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles."
Acts 15:3: "the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy"
Acts 15:7: "God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my"
Acts 15:12: "had wrought among the Gentiles by them."
Acts 15:14: "God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for"
Acts 15:17: "Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my"
Acts 15:19: "not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:"
Acts 15:23: "brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria"
Acts 17:26: "one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all"
Acts 18:6: "I will go unto the Gentiles."
Acts 21:11: "shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."
Acts 21:19: "what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his"
Acts 21:21: "which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they"
Acts 21:25: "As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded"
Acts 22:21: "thee far hence unto the Gentiles."
Acts 24:2: "that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,"
Acts 24:10: "years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:"
Acts 24:17: "alms to my nation, and offerings."
Acts 26:4: "at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know"
Acts 26:17: "people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send"
Acts 26:20: "of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to"
Acts 26:23: "unto the people, and to the Gentiles."
Acts 28:19: "aught to accuse my nation"
Acts 28:28: "of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear"
Romans 1:5: "to the faith among all nations, for his name;"
Romans 1:13: "also, even as among other Gentiles."
Romans 2:14: "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature"
Romans 2:24: "is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."
Romans 3:29: "is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:"
Romans 3:29: "also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:"
Romans 4:17: "thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God,"
Romans 4:18: "might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy"
Romans 9:24: "but also of the Gentiles?"
Romans 9:30: "shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness,"
Romans 10:19: "will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation"
Romans 10:19: "them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you."
Romans 11:11: "rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."
Romans 11:12: "diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?"
Romans 11:13: "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I"
Romans 11:13: "inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine"

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