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


  • Lend Me Your (Yiddish) Earlocks
    A common Yiddish phrase literally means ‘I have it in the left earlock.’ Philologos investigates the idiom, which does not require knowledge of Jewish hairstyles. Click here for the rest of the article... Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'
  • Why I write Jewish — and speak Yiddish to my cat
    by stuart rojstaczer , special to j. One day last year I was speaking to my cat in the front yard. A neighbor walking by stopped because he was surprised I wasn’t speaking English. Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'
  • Where Kafka, Mossad, and Yiddish meet: the Israel Library’s hidden gems
    This week, the national library in Jerusalem opened its vaults for a rare glimpe at its most prized treasures. Some had not been made public in years. Others have never had public viewings. Read more on this news related to 'Yiddish'

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