or sha·mes

[ shah-muh s ]
/ ˈʃɑ məs /

noun, plural sham·mo·sim [shah-maw-sim] /ʃɑˈmɔ sɪm/.

the candle used to kindle the candles in the Hanukkah menorah.

Words nearby shammes

Origin of shammes

1945–50; < Yiddish shames < Hebrew shammāsh server, attendant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shammes



/ (ˈʃɑːməs, Hebrew ʃaˈmaʃ) /

noun plural shammosim or shammashim (Hebrew ʃaˈmɔsɪm) Judaism

an official acting as the beadle, sexton, and caretaker of a synagogue
the extra candle used on the Feast of Hanukkah to kindle the lamps or candles of the menorah

Word Origin for shammes

from Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmāsh to serve
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