Definition of Yiddishkeit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyidiSHˌkīt/


The quality of being Jewish; the Jewish way of life or its customs and practices.
Example sentences
  • The ethics of Yiddishkeit, of Jewish humanism, did not come out of the air.
  • Well, together we started exploring how to connect ourselves to Jewish life, and I'm happy to say that our growing devotion to Yiddishkeit in many forms had a profound impact on one of my stepsons, who is now a Hillel Director.
  • Like Sophie Tucker, the later Woody Allen and Ben Katchor, Cahan had merged Yiddishkeit with popular culture.


Late 19th century: from Yiddish yidishkeyt.

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Syllabification: Yid·dish·keit

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