Definition of yahrzeit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyärˌtsīt/ /ˈyôr-/


(Among Jews) the anniversary of someone’s death, especially a parent’s.
Example sentences
  • It even lets you add birthdays and yahrzeits of loved ones, with a reminder for every year.
  • Written for the aliyat neshama of my father, Yisrael ben Yosef Yehuda, on the occasion of his 11th yahrzeit.
  • And this, the first yahrzeit of that tragedy and the season of the High Holy Days, is an appropriate time to rebuild our selves.


Mid 19th century: Yiddish, literally 'anniversary time'.

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Syllabification: yahr·zeit

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