yichus

Pronunciations

yichus (YIH-chiss) listen

Definitions

  • n. "Pedigree, lineage, family background." (JPS)

  • n. Bragging rights based on respected family history.

Example Sentences

  • "They're poor, but they have really good yiches."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb יחוס yikhús, Yiddish ייִחוס yíkhes

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

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

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

      Alternative Spellings

      yiches, yikhes

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