good yom-tov

Definitions

  • interj. Standard holiday greeting.

Example Sentences

  • "I'll just stop for a minute to say good yontef to Yael."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • גוט־יום־טובֿ gut-yontev/yontef 'good holiday!'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      good yontif, good yom-tov, gut yontev, good yuntiv, good yuntif

Notes

  • May be "good" (from English) or "gut" (from Yiddish). The pronunciation yontef/yontev is Yiddish, whereas "yomtov" is closer to the Hebrew orthographic form.

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