schmaltz

Definitions

  • n. "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).

      Alternative Spellings

      shmaltz, shmalts

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