zkhut (ZKHOOT) listen
zkhus (ZKHOOS) listen


  • 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.

Example Sentences

  • "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
  • Yiddish


  • TH. זכות zekhut 'merit, privilege' > Yid. זכות zkhus 'act of merit'

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[1968]).
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      zechus, zechut, skhut, zchus, zekhut, zkhut, skhus, skhuss, schus, schuss


  • TH pl. זכויות 'zechuyot'
    Yid pl. זכויות 'zekhusim'

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