chas v'sholom

Pronunciations

chas v'sholom (chas ve-SHOH-lom) listen

Definitions

  • interj. "Heaven forbid" (Glinert).

Example Sentences

  • "What if, chas v'sholem, my son gets sick?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • חס ושלום

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      chas v'shalom, khas vesholem, chas v'sholem

Notes

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