Which word entered English first:
Israeli or Israelite?
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The first OED citation for the word Israelite is from 1382; the first for
Israeli is from 1948. Note that the citizens
of modern Israel are called Israelis. The
people whose tale is told in the Hebrew Bibles are the Israelites.
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