Definitions for yiddishˈyɪd ɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Yid•dishˈyɪd ɪʃ(n.)

  1. (n.)a language of central and E European Jews and their descendants elsewhere: based on Rhenish dialects of Middle High German with an admixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and Aramaic, the Slavic languages, and other sources, and written in the Hebrew alphabet.

    Category: Peoples

  2. (adj.)of or pertaining to Yiddish.

    Category: Peoples

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yiddish(noun)

    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


  1. Yiddish(Noun)

    A West Germanic language that developed from Middle High German dialects, with an admixture of vocabulary from multiple source languages including Hebrew-Aramaic, Romance, Slavic, English, etc., and written in Hebrew characters which is used mainly among Ashkenazic Jews from central and eastern Europe.

  2. Yiddish(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Yiddish language.

  3. Yiddish(Adjective)


  4. Origin: The etymology of this word is mostly obscure. ייִדיש, from Yidish Daytsh, from jüdisch diutsch, cognate with German jüdisch. (also called Judeo-German, Judendeutsch; see Ashkenazi)

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Yiddish

    a kind of mongrel language spoken by foreign Jews in England.


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