or Jahr·zeit

[ yahr-tsahyt, yawr- ]
/ ˈyɑr tsaɪt, ˈyɔr- /

noun Judaism.

the anniversary of the death of a parent, sibling, child, or spouse, observed by lighting a memorial lamp or candle the night before and reciting the Kaddish at the evening service of the day before and at the morning and afternoon services of the day itself.

Origin of Yahrzeit

1850–55; < Yiddish yortsayt, equivalent to yor year + tsayt time (see tide1); compare Middle High German jārzīt anniversary
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Examples from the Web for yahrzeit

  • There would be no Yahrzeit light burning for twenty-four hours.

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber
  • "I have 'Yahrzeit' for my mother," explained Jo Lewis, glancing toward the taper after greeting his visitors.

British Dictionary definitions for yahrzeit

/ (ˈjɔːtsaɪt) /


Judaism the anniversary of the death of a close relative, on which it is customary to kindle a light and recite the Kaddish and also, in some communities, to observe a fast

Word Origin for Yahrzeit

Yiddish, from Middle High German jārzīt anniversary; see year, tide 1
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