• n. Holiday.

Example Sentences

  • "We don't have school next Tuesday because it's chag."

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "I ate so much over chag, I can't look at food anymore."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • חג

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings



  • Plural chagim, as in "the chagim" ("the holidays").

    "Chag" is sometimes used to differentiate between major holidays, which entail restrictions on work and are called yom tov / yontif, and minor ones, which are not, called "chag." Others use "chag" to refer to major holidays or to all holidays.

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