[ shtet-l, shtey-tl ]
/ ˈʃtɛt l, ˈʃteɪ tl /
noun, plural shtet·lach [shtet-lahkh, -luh kh, 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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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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