shammash

noun
sham·​mash
variants: or shamash or shammas or shamas or shammes or shames or shammos or shamus \ˈshäməs \
plural shammashim or shamashim or shammasim or shamasim or shammosim or shamosim\shäˈmȯsə̇m, -​sēm \

Definition of shammash 

1 : the sexton of a synagogue

2 : the candle or taper used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah

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History and Etymology for shammash

Yiddish & Middle Hebrew; Yiddish shames, from Middle Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmmāsh to serve

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