schmaltz

Alternative Spellings

shmaltz, shmalts

Definitions

  • "Rendered chicken fat." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Of course the latkes are good--they're full of shmaltz!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שמאַלץ shmalts

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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