chag sameach

Alternative Spellings

chag someah, hag someah, chag samei'ah, hag samei'ah, chag same'ah, hag same'ah, chag sameiah, hag sameiah, chag sameyah, hag sameyah, chag sameah, hag sameah, chag somei'ach, hag somei'ach, chag some'ach, hag some'ach, chag someiach, hag someiach, chag someyach, hag someyach, chag someach, hag someach, chag samei'ach, hag samei'ach, chag same'ach, hag same'ach, chag sameiach, hag sameiach, chag sameyach, hag sameach, hag sameyach, hag someyah, chag someyah, hag someiah, chag someiah, hag some'ah, chag some'ah, hag somei'ah, chag somei'ah

Definitions

  • "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "I wish you all a chag sameach and safe travels."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

חג שמח chag same'ach 'happy holiday'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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