Alternative Spellings

avel, aveyl, avayl, avail, ovel, oveil, oveyl, ovayl, avelim, aveilim, aveylim, avaylim, ovelim, oveilim, oveylim, ovaylim, Ovl


  • pl. aveilim. "Someone who is in mourning" (Glinert).

Example Sentences

  • "He can't use the tickets to the show because he's an avel." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


אבל avel 'mourner'

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)


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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