n. A Jewish holiday, especially one on which work is prohibited (in contrast to chol hamoed).
"Where will you be for yontef?"
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb יום טוב yom tov 'lit. good day; holiday', Yiddish יום־טובֿ yóntev
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- 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 JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Who Uses This
yontef, yomtov, yomtev, yontev, yom tov
More common among Orthodox Jews.
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