n. Money (slang usage).
n. "The foil wrapped chocolate coins that are a traditional Hanukkah treat for children." (JPS)
"For Chanukah we give out gelt."
"Yossi spent a considerable amount of money for the membership fees, and lots of gelt on jogging outfits, BUT NEVER LOST A POUND!" (source)
Languages of Origin
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
From the Yiddish word for money, cognate to English "gold."
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