chag sameach


chag sameach (khahg sah-MAY-ahkh) listen


  • interj. "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


  • חג שמח chag same'ach

    • 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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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 Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      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

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