Yiddish

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Yiddish Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Yiddish Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Yiddish is a language used by some Jews. At first it was a dialect of the German language which Jews began to use in Europe about a thousand years ago. It was (and is) used in the United States, especially in New York. Most of its words are of German origin. Also, Yiddish has many words from Hebrew and Slavic languages, notably Polish. Yiddish is usually written in Hebrew characters.

In the whole world, Yiddish is spoken by about 3 million people. It is mainly spoken by Hasidic Jews.



Yiddish Sample Sentences in News


  • Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem
    The language is mostly spoken by Orthodox Jews who want to set themselves apart from the modern world. Is there a future for Yiddish in other communities? Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'
  • Preserving the Yiddish language
    We came to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to hear Dr. Chava Lapin -- "Bubby" to her grandchildren -- and Rabbi Shimon Josef Meller speak some kosher Yiddish, and to save ourselves from klutzily shvitzing, kvetching and schmoozing in search of the language on the street. Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'
  • The Secret Yiddish History of Scotland
    As the Scottish independence vote looms, Philologos investigates the origins of Scots Yiddish. Is it a dialect, a language all its own — or something else entirely? Click here for the rest of the article... Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'

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