shtetl

Alternative Spellings

shtetel

Definitions

  • "A town for village with...Jewish inhabitants, commonly found in Eastern Europe before World War II." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "Before he came to America, my great-grandfather lived in a shtetl in White Russia."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שטעטל

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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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