• n. Wig; worn by some observant Jewish women after marriage. "A wig worn by strictly Orthodox...women as a [hair] covering." (Steinberg)

Example Sentences

  • "My friend Miriam didn't want to wear a sheitel, but her mother-in-law won her over."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שײטל sheytl

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[1968]).
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      shaytl, sheytl, shaytel, sheytel

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