matzeivah

Definitions

  • n. 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      matzeva, matzeyvah

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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