mamaleh

Alternative Spellings

mameleh

Definitions

  • diminutive term for a young girl [lit. 'little mama']

Example Sentences

  • "Sweet dreams, mameleh, I'll see you in the morning."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

מאַמעלע mámele

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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