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n. A gossipy woman; busybody.
n. Informal matchmaker.
"Those three yentas keep trying to set me up with their grandsons." (source)
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The Yiddish women’s names Yenta and Yentl come from Gentil and Gentile (meaning noble, beautiful), names used by French- and Italian-speaking Jews in the Middle Ages. The current Yiddish and Jewish English meanings of a gossipy woman or matchmaker may be influenced by the character Yenta, played by Molly Picon, in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof.
See also Yachna which derives from a Yiddish given name that fell out of fashion.
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