interj. 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
- Modern Hebrew
Heb לחיים lekhaím, Yiddish לחײם lekháim
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- 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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