- traditional toast. [lit. "to life" (Rosten)]
- At a celebration such as a wedding where many toasts are given, it is customary to exclaim "L'chaim" before drinking.
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Heb לחיים lekhaím, Yiddish לחײם lekháim
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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).
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