Alternative Spellings

freylekh, freylech, fraylich, freilich, frailach


  • adj: happy, merry
  • noun: (frailach or freylekhs) a lively song/dance performed at simchas

Example Sentences

  • "We'll dance some freylechs in honor of the occasion."
  • "Freylech news!" (subject of an e-mail to a Reform group announcing an engagement). "The staff at would like to wish all of our readers around the globe ah freilichen Purim." ( "Good Shabbos. Have a freiliche Purim." (

Languages of Origin



פֿרײלעך freylekh 'happy, merry', פֿרײלעכס freylekhs 'a kind of lively dance'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


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).


When used as an adjective preceding a noun, it generally takes a Yiddish adjectival suffix, as in: A freylekhn Purim A freilechen Purim A freileche Purim

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