• a Jewish person
  • A derogatory term used by non-Jews for a Jewish person (particularly so in Great Britain).

Example Sentences

  • Are there any yidden where you work?

Languages of Origin



Yiddish ייִד, 'a Jew (male)'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America, Great Britain


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


plural yidn / yidden / yiden (ייִדן)

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