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:

Romans 11:25: "until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in."
Romans 15:9: "And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as"
Romans 15:9: "For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy"
Romans 15:10: "again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people."
Romans 15:11: "the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all"
Romans 15:12: "and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust."
Romans 15:12: "the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust."
Romans 15:16: "Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God,"
Romans 15:16: "the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by"
Romans 15:18: "by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,"
Romans 15:27: "For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty"
Romans 16:4: "the churches of the Gentiles."
Romans 16:26: "made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:"
1 Corinthians 5:1: "named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's"
1 Corinthians 10:20: "I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and"
1 Corinthians 12:2: "Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols,"
2 Corinthians 11:26: "mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils"
Galatians 1:16: "him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh"
Galatians 2:2: "I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation,"
Galatians 2:8: "me toward the Gentiles:)"
Galatians 2:9: "we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the"
Galatians 2:12: "he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew"
Galatians 2:14: "as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"
Galatians 2:15: "not sinners of the Gentiles,"
Galatians 3:8: "God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham,"
Galatians 3:8: "saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed."
Galatians 3:14: "might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that"
Ephesians 2:11: "that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called"
Ephesians 3:1: "of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,"
Ephesians 3:6: "That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers"
Ephesians 3:8: "that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;"
Ephesians 4:17: "henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity"
Colossians 1:27: "mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in"
1 Thessalonians 2:16: "us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their"
1 Thessalonians 4:5: "even as the Gentiles which know not God:"
1 Timothy 2:7: "Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and"
1 Timothy 3:16: "of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up"
2 Timothy 1:11: "and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles."
2 Timothy 4:17: "and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of"
1 Peter 2:9: "a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that"
1 Peter 2:12: "honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against"
1 Peter 4:3: "the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts,"
3 John 1:7: "they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles."
Revelation 2:26: "power over the nations:"
Revelation 5:9: "and people, and nation;"
Revelation 7:9: "number, of all nations, and kindreds, and"
Revelation 10:11: "many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."
Revelation 11:2: "for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city"
Revelation 11:9: "and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three"
Revelation 11:18: "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come,"

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