middos

Pronunciations

middot (mee-DOHT)

Definitions

  • n. Character traits (singular: "middah").

Example Sentences

  • "The most important thing about a potential spouse is that he or she has good middos."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb מידה midá, Yiddish míde 'habit, manner' (plural מידות midót, mídes)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      middot

Notes

  • Jewish-English "good middos" is likely a loan translation of Yiddish גוטע מידות gute mides 'virtue'.

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