chidush (KHEE-doosh) listen
chidush (KHID-dish) listen
chidush (KHID-ish) listen


  • n. An innovative idea; an insight; discovery; novelty.

  • n. A novella.

  • n. A surprise.

Example Sentences

  • "It was a chidush for the yeshiva to serve meat two nights in a row" (Weiser 14)

  • "I've heard this argument before; what's the chidush?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH חידוש khidúsh > Y חידוש khídesh

    • 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
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      chiddush, hidush, hiddush


  • plural: 'khidushim'

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