gut yontef

Alternative Spellings

gut yontif, gut yomtef, gut yomtif, gut yontof, gut yomtof, gut yontev, gut yomtev, gut yontiv, gut yomtiv, gut yontov, gut yomtov, gut yom-tov, gut yom tov

Definitions

  • "Happy holiday!" Ashkenazi greeting used on any of the holidays, including Rosh Hashanahh and Yom Kippur.

Example Sentences

  • "Gut yontef, my friends!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

גוט יום־טובֿ gut yontef / gut yontev '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)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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