• n. The every-man, everyday people; the folk (as opposed to the elite).

Example Sentences

  • n. "The gap (if one believes there is one) between the political views of some of the top leadership of our community and amcha..." (email from a Jewish professional to colleagues).

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • From Hebrew עמך amkhá 'your nation', through Yiddish עמך ámkho 'common people; Jews'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      amha, amkha, amkho, amcho


  • Accent on first syllable.

    Jews in Europe, especially during the Holocaust, sometimes used this word to ask strangers if they too were Jewish.

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