yeshiva (yeh-SHEE-vuh) listen
yeshiva (yeh-SHIH-vuh) listen
yeshiva (yeh-shee-VAH) listen


  • n. Traditionally, an institution that focuses on teaching Talmud to boys and young men; today, institutions exist for both men and women.

Example Sentences

  • "My brother is in yeshiva in Baltimore."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • ישיבה

    • 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

      yeshivah, yeshive, yeshiveh


  • Plural yeshivot or yeshivas.

    Traditional Jewish texts and philosophies are often the chosen topics of study, however this term can also be used to refer to any Jewish school.

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