Definition of schmatte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃmatə/
(also shmatte)


US informal
A rag; a ragged or shabby garment.
Example sentences
  • Hair unbound, women bedecked in shmattes of white tulle waft aimlessly around a stage hung with school-pageant clouds.
  • His wife, though, simply has to lose that sash on her shmatte.
  • ‘Underneath the veil or shmatte, every woman wants to be loved and cherished,’ she said.


1970s: Yiddish shmatte, from Polish szmata 'rag'.

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