freilach

Alternative Spellings

freylekh, freylech, fraylich, freilich, frailach

Definitions

  • 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 Matzav.com would like to wish all of our readers around the globe ah freilichen Purim." (http://matzav.com/ah-freilichen-purim-from-matzavcom-3) "Good Shabbos. Have a freiliche Purim." (http://wwwpearliesofwisdom.blogspot.com/2007/03/purim-shabbos-and-all-that-stuff.html)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

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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