[shtet-l, shtey-tl]

noun, plural shtet·lach [shtet-lahkh, -luhkh, shteyt-] /ˈʃtɛt lɑx, -ləx, ˈʃteɪt-/, English shtetls. Yiddish.

(formerly) a Jewish village or small-town community in eastern Europe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural shtetlach (ˈʃtetlaːx) or shtetls

(formerly) a small Jewish community in Eastern Europe

Word Origin for shtetl

Yiddish, little town
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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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