yosem

Definitions

  • n. Orphan.

Example Sentences

  • "It was hard for them to find money for the wedding since the groom is a yosem."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb יתום yatóm, Yiddish יתום yósem 'orphan' (used for one who has lost one parent, not necessarily both)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      yetom

Notes

  • feminine form is יתומה yetomá/yesóyme

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