parnasa (par-NAH-SAH) listen
parnasa (par-NUH-suh) listen


  • n. A livelihood, income.

  • n. The making of an income, livelihood.

Example Sentences

  • "I'd love to have you work here and it would be some extra parnasah for you too."

  • "If he can build an extension for his mother-in-law, parnasa can't be that bad..." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH פרנסה parnasá > Y פּרנסה parnóse

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      parnosa, parnose, parnusa, parnasa

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