eshet chayil

Pronunciations

eshet chayil (EY-shet CHAH-yeel) listen

Definitions

  • n. "Woman of valor" (JPS); poem about such a woman in Proverbs 31.

Example Sentences

  • "Mrs. Cohen is a real eshet chayil."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • אשת חיל

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      eshet hayil, eyshes chayil, eyshet chayil

Notes

  • The poem is traditionally sung Friday nights. This practice is more common among Orthodox Jews.

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