• n. A joyous occasion; a celebration, usually related to a lifecycle event.

  • n. A great pleasure.

Example Sentences

  • "Baruch hashem, I have so many simchas to go to this week!"

  • “May you have many more such simchas.” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH שמחה simkhá 'happiness' > Y שׂימחה símkhe 'a celebration, party'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      simchah, simkhe, simha, simhah, simkhah, simkha


  • Plural simchas / simchahs, simchot / simchos, or smachot / smachos

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