or Jahr·zeit

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



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Origin of Yahrzeit

1850–55; <Yiddish yortsayt, equivalent to yoryear + tsayt time (see tide1); compare Middle High German jārzīt anniversary
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  • "I have 'Yahrzeit' for my mother," explained Jo Lewis, glancing toward the taper after greeting his visitors.

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

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber

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