metapelet (meh-tah-PEH-leht) listen


  • n. A nanny, caregiver; especially on a kibbutz.

Example Sentences

  • From research on kibbutz infants' attachment to mother and metapelet: "Results indicated that children protested equally to either mother or metapelet separation when left with a stranger." (source)

  • "Are you looking for a metapelet who will come to your home or who will watch your baby in her home?" (source)

  • "The metapelet wants to know if you mind if she tunes in to a Mozart concert." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • מְטַפֶּלֶת‎ m'tapélet

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America


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


  • plural: 'metapelets' or 'metaplot'

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