yahrzeit

noun, often capitalized yahr·zeit \ˈyärˌtsīt, ˈyȯrˌ-\
variants: less commonly

jahrzeit

\ˈyärˌtsīt, ˈyȯrˌ-\

Definition of yahrzeit

plural

-s

  1. :  the anniversary of the death of a parent or near relative observed annually among Jews by the recital of the Kaddish and the lighting of a memorial candle or lamp

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Origin and Etymology of yahrzeit

Yiddish yartsayt, yortsayt, from Middle High German jārzīt anniversary, literally, year's time, from jār year (from Old High German) + zīt time, from Old High German — more at year, tide


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