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