sandek

noun
san·​dek | \ ˈsänˌdek \
variants: or sandik \ -​dēk \
plural -s

Definition of sandek

: a person who holds the Jewish infant during the circumcision ceremony

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History and Etymology for sandek

Yiddish sandik, from Late Hebrew sandīqōs, sindīqās, probably modification of Late Greek synteknos godfather, from Greek, foster brother, from synteknoun to breed, bring up children together, from syn- + teknon child

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“Sandek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandek. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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