n. Old woman, great-grandmother.
"But I grew up at my Alte Bubby's feet with the stories of Antonifka and Rovna, with tea with sugar and lemon." (source)
"He was standing behind an alte bubbe who was counting out her pennies to pay for her milk and bread." (source)
Languages of Origin
עלטער־באָבע elter-bobe ('great-grandmother'); אַלטע באָבע alte bobe ('old grandmother')
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
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It seems possible that the Yiddish adjective "alt" (old), which is used in other Jewish English phrases, may be confused with the prefix "elter-" (great-, as in, great-grandmother.)
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