• n. Spirited person.

  • n. Fervor.

Example Sentences

  • “She is a real bren.” (NJY)

  • “Don’t worry about him; he was born a bren.” (NJY)

  • “They learned the Tosfos with a bren in order to finish before the end of seder.” (Weiser)

  • "They are tomeich the Torah with such ahavas haTorah, such a bren for Torah, such a reinkeit." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • ברען bren

    • Who Uses This

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


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

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