shtetl

play
noun \ˈshte-təl, ˈshtā-\
variants: or less commonly

shtetel

Definition of shtetl

plural

shtetlach

play \ˈshtet-ˌläḵ, ˈshtāt-\ also

shtetels

  1. :  a small Jewish town or village formerly found in Eastern Europe

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Origin and Etymology of shtetl

Yiddish shtetl, from Middle High German stetel, diminutive of stat place, town, city, from Old High German, place — more at stead


First Known Use: 1949


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