variants or shamash or shammas or shamas or shammes or shames or shammos or shamus
plural shammashim or shamashim or shammasim or shamasim or shammosim or shamosim
: the sexton of a synagogue
: the candle or taper used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah

Word History


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

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“Shammash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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