• n. A community.

  • n. A multitude.

  • n. A lot, a ton.

  • pro. (the velt) Everyone.

Example Sentences

  • “The yeshiva velt frowns on going to college.” (Weiser)

  • “A velt of people came to the Siyum HaShas at Madison Square Garden.” (Weiser)

  • “There's a velt of reading to do before I'm ready for the test.” (Weiser)

  • “The velt decided to chip in for one chassuna present.” (Weiser)

  • "My conclusion is that demanding a fedora and jacket because it is the most respectful of attire, and less than that is “a step down” , lies in direct contradiction to what is actually practiced in the veldt." (source)

  • "Rov Yeshivishe bochrim try to be shtikky, and to have your eigene language that the rest of the velt doesn't chap is a rietzige shtik." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • װעלט velt 'world'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings



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