shaytl, sheytl, shaytel, sheytel
- 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."
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Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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).
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