n. Wig; worn by some observant Jewish women after marriage. "A wig worn by strictly Orthodox...women as a [hair] covering." (Steinberg)
"My friend Miriam didn't want to wear a sheitel, but her mother-in-law won her over."
Languages of Origin
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
shaytl, sheytl, shaytel, sheytel
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