Definition of shtetl
plural shtetlach play \ˈshtet-ˌläḵ, ˈshtāt-\ also shtetels
: a small Jewish town or village formerly found in Eastern Europe
Variants of shtetl
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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