Word Summary
ethnikos: national, foreign, a Gentile
Original Word: ἐθνικός
Transliteration: ethnikos
Phonetic Spelling: (eth-nee-kos')
Part of Speech: Adjective
Short Definition: national, foreign, a Gentile
Meaning: national -- foreign, a Gentile
Strong's Concordance
a Gentile

From ethnos; national ("ethnic"), i.e. (specially) a Gentile -- heathen (man).

see GREEK ethnos

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 1482: ἐθνικός

ἐθνικός, ἐθνικη, ἐθνικον (ethnos);

1. adapted to the genius or customs of a people, peculiar to a people, national: Polybius, Diodorus, others.

2. suited to the manners or language of foreigners, strange, foreign; so in the grammarians (cf. our 'gentile'].

3. in the N. T. savoring of the nature of pagans, alien to the worship of the true God, heathenish; substantively, ἐθνικός, the pagan, the Gentile: Matthew 18:17; plural, Matthew 5:47 G L T Tr WH; ; and 3 John 1:7 L T Tr WH.