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

Example Sentences

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • ערב

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • 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).


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

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