from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The language historically of Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, resulting from a fusion of elements derived principally from medieval German dialects and secondarily from Hebrew and Aramaic, various Slavic languages, and Old French and Old Italian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Yiddish language.
  • adj. Jewish.
  • n. A West Germanic language that developed from Middle High German dialects, with an admixture of vocabulary from multiple source languages including Hebrew-Aramaic, Romance, Slavic, English, etc., and written in Hebrew characters which is used mainly among Ashkenazic Jews from central and eastern Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A language used by German and other Jews, being a Middle German dialect developed under Hebrew and Slavic influence. It is written in Hebrew characters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Jewish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script


Yiddish yidish, Jewish, Yiddish, from Middle High German jüdisch, Jewish, from jude, jüde, Jew, from Old High German judo, from Latin Iūdaeus; see Jew.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Yiddish The etymology of this word is mostly obscure. ייִדיש, from Yidish Daytsh, from Middle High German jüdisch diutsch ("Jewish German"), cognate with German jüdisch ("Jewish"). (Wiktionary)



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