interj. Standard holiday greeting.
"I'll just stop for a minute to say good yontef to Yael."
Languages of Origin
גוט־יום־טובֿ gut-yontev/yontef 'good holiday!'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
good yontif, good yom-tov, gut yontev, good yuntiv, good yuntif
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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