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Yiddish

[yid-ish] /ˈyɪd ɪʃ/
noun
1.
a High German language with an admixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and the Slavic languages, written in Hebrew letters, and spoken mainly by Jews in eastern and central Europe and by Jewish emigrants from these regions and their descendants.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Yiddish.
Origin of Yiddish
1885-1890
1885-90; < Yiddish yidish; see yid, -ish1
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  • I could read while daylight lasted, if I chose, in the Yiddish.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Ink was cheap, and the epistle, in Yiddish, occupied me for many hot summer hours.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The Yiddish newspapers of the day were excellent, and my father subscribed to the best of them.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • They tell me the old spout shop is now turned into a Yiddish theatre.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Nor did she ever know that she had said these words in Yiddish!

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for Yiddish

Yiddish

/ˈjɪdɪʃ/
noun
1.
a language spoken as a vernacular by Jews in Europe and elsewhere by Jewish emigrants, usually written in the Hebrew alphabet. Historically, it is a dialect of High German with an admixture of words of Hebrew, Romance, and Slavonic origin, developed in central and E Europe during the Middle Ages
adjective
2.
in or relating to this language
Word Origin
C19: from German jüdisch, from JudeJew
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Word Origin and History for Yiddish

1875, from Yiddish yidish, from Middle High German jüdisch "Jewish" (in phrase jüdisch deutsch "Jewish-German"), from jude "Jew," from Old High German judo, from Latin Judaeus (see Jew). The English word has been re-borrowed in German as jiddisch.

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