yontif (YUN-tiff) listen
yom tov (YOHM tohv) listen


  • n. A Jewish holiday, especially one on which work is prohibited (in contrast to chol hamoed).

Example Sentences

  • "Where will you be for yontef?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb יום טוב yom tov 'lit. good day; holiday', Yiddish יום־טובֿ yóntev

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[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).

      Alternative Spellings

      yontef, yomtov, yomtev, yontev, yom tov


  • More common among Orthodox Jews.

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