Definition of Yiddish in English:


Line breaks: Yid|dish
Pronunciation: /ˈjɪdɪʃ


[mass noun]
  • 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 still has some 200,000 speakers, mainly in the US, Israel, and Russia: Faigele was mum’s name in Yiddish
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    • 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: a Yiddish word
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    • 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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