zman

Pronunciations

zman (ZMAN) listen
zman (ZMUHN) listen

Definitions

  • n. "A division or portion of a specified duration: time" (Weiser).

  • n. "Any of the semesters into which a yeshiva's academic year is divided: term" (Weiser).

  • n. A halachically specified time for a Jewish religious ritual or occurrence.

Example Sentences

  • "He learned that sugya so beiyun that it took him most of the zman." (Weiser)

  • "There's zman for sleeping, but it's not during shiur." (Weiser)

  • "The learning is shtark in Elul zman but a shtikl shvach in summer zman." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb. זמן / זְמַן 'time, a time' (plural זמנים / זְמַנִּים zmanim), Yid. זמן 'term (period of time); academic term, semester' (plural זמנים‎ zmanim or זמנען‎ zmanen)

    • 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)

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

  • Plural zmanim.

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