mishpacha (meesh-PUH-chuh) listen
mishpacha (meesh-pah-CHAH) listen


  • n. "Literally, "family". ...The word conveys a warm feeling of friendship." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • On a wedding celebration invitation: "Come celebrate with us as we welcome a new branch of our Mishpacha"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb משפּחה mishpakhá, Yiddish mishpókhe / mishpúkhe

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


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

      Alternative Spellings

      mishpocha, mishpukha, mishpucha, mishpocheh, mishpuche, mishpokhe, mishpoche, mushpuche, meshpucha, mishpuha, mishpaha, mishpoha, mishpochah

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