- a Jew from Lithuania or a neighboring country or region.
Origin of Litvak
1890–95; < Yiddish litvak < Polish litwak Lithuanian person (now obsolete in this sense), derivative of Litwa Lithuania
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Word Origin and History for litvak
"Jew from Lithuania," 1892, from Polish Litwak "Lithuanian Jew," originally simply "man from Lithuania."
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