- an elected or self-appointed Jewish emissary pleading the cause of his people before the authorities
- an intercessor
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
שתדלן, from the Aramic root שדל 'intercede'
Who Uses This
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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