yahrzeit

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From Yiddish יאָרצײַט (yortsayt). Cognate to German Jahreszeit (season), which heavily influenced the spelling and pronunciation once the word was borrowed into English.

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yahrzeit (plural yahrzeits)

  1. (Judaism) The anniversary of a person's death, often of a parent's.
    • 2002, Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic[1]:
      The yahrzeit is here, and the least lachrymose country on earth is devising its rituals of commemoration.