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shtetl

noun \ˈshte-təl, ˈshtā-\

Definition of shtetl

plural shtetlach play \ˈshtet-ˌläḵ, ˈshtāt-\ also shtetels

  1. :  a small Jewish town or village formerly found in Eastern Europe



Variants of shtetl

also shtetel play \ˈshte-təl, ˈshtā-\

Origin of shtetl

Yiddish shtetl, from Middle High German stetel, diminutive of stat place, town, city, from Old High German, place — more at stead


First Known Use: 1949

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