Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Yiddish'
n : a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other
words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews;
written in the Hebrew script
- Yiddish \Yid"dish\, n. [G. j["u]disch, prop., Jewish, fr. Jude
Jew. See Jew, Jewish.]
A language used by German and other Jews, being a Middle
German dialect developed under Hebrew and Slavic influence.
It is written in Hebrew characters.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Yiddish'
Yiddish (ייִדיש yidish or אידיש idish, literally "Jewish") is a High German language of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, spoken throughout the world. It developed as a fusion of German dialects with Hebrew, Aramaic, Slavic languages and traces of Romance languages. It is written in the Hebrew alphabet.
The language originated in the Ashkenazi culture that developed from about the 10th century in the Rhineland and then spread to Central and Eastern Europe and eventually to other continents. In the earliest surviving references to it, the language is called לשון־אַשכּנז (loshn-ashknez = "language of Ashkenaz") and טײַטש (taytsh, a variant of tiutsch, the contemporary name for the language otherwise spoken in the region of origin, now called Middle High German; compare the modern New High German Deutsch). In common usage, the language is called מאַמע־לשון (mame-loshn, literally "mother tongue"), distinguishing it from Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, which are collectively termed לשון־קודש (loshn-koydesh, "holy tongue"). The term "Yiddish" did not become the most frequently used designation in the literature of the language until the 18th century.[See more about Yiddish at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]