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shammes

or sha·mes

[ shah-muhs ]

noun

, plural sham·mo·sim [shah-, maw, -sim].
  1. the candle used to kindle the candles in the Hanukkah menorah.


shammes

/ ˈʃɑːməs; ʃaˈmaʃ /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of shammes1

1945–50; < Yiddish shames < Hebrew shammāsh server, attendant
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Word History and Origins

Origin of shammes1

from Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmāsh to serve

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