erev

Definitions

  • "Eve of." (Glinert) Evening, or the day before a Jewish holiday

Example Sentences

  • "What are you doing erev Rosh Hashanah?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ערב

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Sometimes jokingly used for evening before a non-Jewish holiday ("I'm flying out Erev Thanksgiving")

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