Alternative Spellings

mechutan, mekhutun, mechutn, mekhutn, mehutan


  • the father of one's child's spouse

Example Sentences

  • "My daughter married his son, so he's my mekhutn."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb מחותן mekhután, Yiddish מחותּן mekhútn 'son-in-law's/daughter-in-law's father'. (Roughly 'of or belonging to the groom' although applying to either set of parents.)

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


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).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


most often used in plural: mechutonim / machutonim / machetunim / mechutanim (מחותנים, parents of one's child's spouse; child's in-laws, spouse's extended family). Female: machetayneste / macheteyneste (מחותּנתטע mekhuténeste, mother-in-law, the Yiddish female form of מחותּן)

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