Alternative Spellings

straymel, streimal, straimal, straymal, streiml, straiml, strayml, schtraimel, shtraimel, schtreimel, shtreimel, schtraymel, shtraymel, schtraimal, shtraimal, schtreimal, shtreimal, schtraymal, shtraymal, schtraiml, shtraiml, schtrayml, shtreiml, schtreiml, straimel, streimel


  • A hat trimmed with fur pieces, typically worn by Hassidim on Shabbat.

Example Sentences

  • "A bearded man with long payess, in a long, black caftan robe, wearing a high, wide-brimmed shtrayml, was often seen in Jewish neighborhoods in America in the earlier years of the century" (Rosten).
  • "I'm a hatmaker, but what really matters is that on rare occasions I make a magnificent fur hat, a shtrayml." (

Languages of Origin



Yiddish שטרײַמל shtrayml 'fur hat'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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