n. An act of merit.
n. A legal right of possession.
n. One's right to reward for mitzvahs one has done.
n. Merit via one's ancestry.
"To raise a family and settle them is quite a zechut in these times." (NJY)
"Some use the term zechus avos to refer to the merits of our...ancestors." (source)
"Zechusim: post here any little thing you do as a chessed for others..." (source)
“His skhus justifies such luck.” (NJY)
“He may not be worthy, but he has the skhus of his ancestors.” (NJY)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
TH. זכות zekhut 'merit, privilege' > Yid. זכות zkhus 'act of merit'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
zechus, zechut, skhut, zchus, zekhut, zkhut, skhus, skhuss, schus, schuss
TH pl. זכויות 'zechuyot'
Yid pl. זכויות 'zekhusim'
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