Alternative Spellings

yiches, yikhes


  • "Pedigree, lineage, family background." (JPS)
  • Bragging rights based on respected family history

Example Sentences

  • "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)


North America


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 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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