• n. Commendable quality, virtue.

  • n. An advantage.

  • interj. 'So what?'; an expression of disinterest.

  • conj. As soon as; when.

Example Sentences

  • n. “The tzaddik was too soft-spoken for most people to realize his maila.” (Weiser)

  • n. “Price is the only maila of a discount airline.” (Weiser)

  • n. “The air bags are the car's greatest maila.” (Weiser)

  • n. "It’s true that those who are committed to learning have a zchus and a maila. But can’t we all consider all yidden to be in the same oilam?" (source)

  • conj. “Meila he wanted me to learn with him for an hour, I was maskim. Now he thinks I'm going to stay with him all day; he can forget it.” (Weiser)

  • interj. “Meila. My roommate's complaints won't stop me from listening to my tapes." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • noun: TH מעלה > Y מעלה mayle

    interjection & conjunction: A מילא > Y מילא meyle 'oh well'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      meila, mayla, meyla, meileh, meile, mayle, mayleh, mailah, maileh, maile, meyla, meylah, meyleh, meyle

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