transliteration (tranz-lit-ur-AY-shin) listen


  • n. The process of writing the text of a particular language using the orthography of another.

Example Sentences

  • "I’m searching for a transliterated Siddur with English translation. Preferably Ashkenazi transliteration." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
  • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


  • North America


  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


  • "Prayers and other Hebrew words are often written in transliteration using English letters so that those who do not speak Hebrew can sound out the words and participate in the service. For example, the word for 'peace,' which is written in Hebrew with the letters shin, lamed, vav, and mem, is written in transliteration as 'shalom.'" (JPS)

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