shammes

noun sham·mes \ ˈshä-məs \

Definition of shammes

plural shammosim play \shä-ˈmȯ-səm\
1 : the sexton of a synagogue
2 : the candle or taper used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah

Origin and Etymology of shammes

Yiddish shames, from Late Hebrew shāmmāsh


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