- "Pedigree, lineage, family background." (JPS)
- Bragging rights based on respected family history
- "They're poor, but they have really good yiches."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb יחוס yikhús, Yiddish ייִחוס yíkhes
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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