chidush

Pronunciations

chidush (KHID-dish) listen
chidush (CHEE-doosh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Innovative idea; an insight; discovery; novelty.

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

Etymology

  • Heb חידוש khidúsh, Yiddish 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)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • 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

Notes

  • Can rhyme with "Yiddish" or "we-koosh"

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