chai

Pronunciations

chai (CHAI)

Definitions

  • n. "Literally, 'life'" (JPS); 18 (see note).

Example Sentences

  • "You should donate $18 because it's 'chai'."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • חי

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • 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

      chay

Notes

  • The numerical value of the word chai is '18', so the number 18 is sometimes referred to as 'chai'.

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