Yiddish

noun
Yid·​dish | \ ˈyi-dish How to pronounce Yiddish (audio) \

Definition of Yiddish

: a High German language written in Hebrew characters that is spoken by Jews and descendants of Jews of central and eastern European origin

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Yiddish adjective

First Known Use of Yiddish

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Yiddish

Yiddish yidish, short for yidish daytsh, literally, Jewish German, from Middle High German jüdisch diutsch, from jüdisch Jewish (from Jude Jew) + diutsch German

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“Yiddish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yiddish. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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Yiddish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Yiddish

: a language based on German that is written in Hebrew characters and that was originally spoken by Jews of central and eastern Europe

Yiddish

noun
Yid·​dish | \ ˈyi-dish How to pronounce Yiddish (audio) \

Kids Definition of Yiddish

: a language related to German that was originally spoken by Jews of central and eastern Europe

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