• n. "A fried fritter or latke, made of matzah meal and eggs, that may be stuffed with ground meat, nuts, or fruit. An old-fashioned Pesach recipe." (JPS Dictionary)

Example Sentences

  • "Pesadikeh cake was delicious, and chremzlach – triangular small cakes fried in deep oil were a favorite." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • כרעמזל khremzl, pl. כרעמזלעך khremzlekh

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      chremzel, chremzl, khremzel, chremsel, chremsl


  • plural chremzlach, chremzlech, khremzlekh, chremslach, etc. The spelling "chremslach" appeared in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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