adj. Honest, legitimate.
"They're really erliche Yidden."
Languages of Origin
ערלעך erlekh (honest, religious)
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
Often used with Yiddish prenominal adjectival suffix: erliche yidden. "Erlich" connotes complete or legitimate observance, not honesty in personal dealings.
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