matzeivah

Alternative Spellings

matzeva, matzeyvah

Definitions

  • headstone

Example Sentences

  • "We erect the matzeivah one year after the burial."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb מצבה matsevá, Yiddish מצבֿה matséyve

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

In Polish, the word "macewa" (pronounced with stress on the second syllable) refers to a Jewish tombstone and is likely a borrowing from Yiddish.

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