shaina maidel

Pronunciations

shaina maidel (SHEY-nuh MEI-duhl) listen

Definitions

  • n. Pretty girl.

  • n. Well-behaved girl (female equivalent of mensch, which is sometimes used just for males but is often used for males and females).

Example Sentences

  • My grandma used to pinch my cheeks and call me shaina maidel.

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שײנע מײדעלע / שײנע מײדל sheyne meydl / sheyne meydele

    (Standard Yiddish שײן מײדל sheyn meydl, because the grammatical gender of meydl is neuter)

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      sheina meidala, sheynah meydeleh, shana madel, sheyne meydl, sheina meidel, shayna maydel

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