- (formerly) a Jewish village or small-town community in eastern Europe.
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- (formerly) a small Jewish community in Eastern Europe
Yiddish, little town
Word Origin and History for shtetl
Jewish small town or village in Eastern Europe, 1949, from Yiddish, literally "little town," from diminutive of German Stadt "city, town," from Old High German stat "place," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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