mechutan, mekhutun, mechutn, mekhutn, mehutan
- the father of one's child's spouse
- "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
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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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