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schmaltz

[ shmahlts, shmawlts ]
/ ʃmɑlts, ʃmɔlts /
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noun
Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.
liquid animal fat, especially of a chicken.
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Also schmalz . Sometimes shmaltz .

Origin of schmaltz

First recorded in 1930–35; from Yiddish shmalts or German Schmalz; cognate with smelt1
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British Dictionary definitions for schmaltz

schmaltz

schmalz

/ (ʃmælts, ʃmɔːlts) /

noun
excessive sentimentality, esp in music
US animal fat used in cooking

Word Origin for schmaltz

C20: from German (Schmalz) and Yiddish: melted fat, from Old High German smalz
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