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Syllabification: Yid·dish
Pronunciation: /ˈyidiSH

Definition of Yiddish in English:


A language used by Jews in central and eastern Europe before the Holocaust. It was originally a German dialect with words from Hebrew and several modern languages and is today spoken mainly in the US, Israel, and Russia.
Example sentences
  • Yiddish was a living language, pronounced with great expression and musical cadence.
  • German, Yiddish, Hebrew, and occasionally Arabic words fly through the air.
  • In addition to Aramaic, Raskas speaks Hebrew, German and Yiddish.


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Relating to Yiddish.
Example sentences
  • Orthodox Jews often use the Yiddish word shul to refer to their synagogue.
  • My parents spoke Yiddish and read a Yiddish newspaper.
  • There was an old Yiddish song that summed up the feelings of Jews in such a society.


late 19th century: from Yiddish yidish (daytsh) 'Jewish German'.

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