• n. Proof, evidence, sound argument.

Example Sentences

  • "They say the crossing's safe because no one's been killed there yet? That's no raaye!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH ראיה. (pl. ראיות reayót) 'proof, evidence' > Yid. ראיה. (pl. ראיות reayót) 'sound argument'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • 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).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      raya, raye, raaya, raeya, raaye


  • "Reaya is a word out of the world of Talmud study, where everything's a matter of proof and counterproof." (Glinert)

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