Rosh Hashanah


Rosh Hashanah (rush hah-SHAH-nuh) listen


  • n. The Jewish new year.

Example Sentences

  • "Are you coming for Rosh Hashanah lunch?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • ראש השנה 'lit. head of the year'

    • Who Uses This

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


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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

      Rosh Hashana, Rosheshone


  • Pronounced Roshasha-NAH by some and Rush-uh-SHUN-uh by others (corresponding to Modern Hebrew or Ashkenazi Hebrew pronunciation)

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