• n. The Jewish morning prayer service.

Example Sentences

  • "Who is davening Shacharit today?"

  • "You'll have to get up at 6:45 if you want to say Shacharit before you go to work." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. שַׁחֲרִית (from שַׁחַר shachar 'dawn', literally meaning 'little dawn' or 'of dawn') > Yid. שחרית shakhres

    • 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)


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • 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

      Shacharis, Shachris, Shakharit, Shakharis, Shakhris, Shachres, Shakhres


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