Definitions

  • interj. Well done!

  • n. Money thrown on bride and groom at a wedding (Mountain Jews).

Example Sentences

  • "Shabash!" written as a comment on a Facebook post about an accomplishment.

Languages of Origin

  • Urdu

Etymology

  • Urdu or Persian (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/shabash)

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
      • Indian Jews
      • Mountain Jews

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

      • None

Notes

  • Used among Baghdadi Jews who lived in India and Burma in the first half of the 20th century, later settling in places like the U.S., Great Britain, Israel and Australia. The term "shabash" is also used to describe the throwing of money in the air by "Mountain Jews" (from Azerbaijan and surrounding areas) to land on wedding guests and groom and bride, often during dancing.

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