bekishe (BEH-kih-shuh) listen


  • n. Long black coat worn by Hasidic men.

Example Sentences

  • "A tish bekishe is like a long Victorian smoking jacket, worn to the Shabbat table by some Chasidic men. My husband (who does not identify as Chasidic) wanted one partly because a bekishe is machine-washable and a suit isn't: a bekishe is good if your toddler likes to pour soup in your lap." (source)

  • "Hasidic men typically wear a black overcoat known as a bekishe." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • Polish


  • Yiddish בעקעשע bekeshe 'coat', ultimately from Polish bekiesza bekishe 'long fur-lined coat'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      beketsche, bekitsche, bekesche, bekische, beketshe, bekitshe, bekeshe


  • Stress on first syllable.

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