[ shtet-l, shtey-tl ]
/ ˈʃtɛt l, ˈʃteɪ tl /
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for shtetl
/ (ˈʃtetəl) /
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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