From Yiddish יאָרצײַט (yortsayt). Cognate to German Jahreszeit (“season”), which heavily influenced the spelling and pronunciation once the word was borrowed into English.
yahrzeit (plural yahrzeits)
- (Judaism) The anniversary of a person's death, often of a parent's.
- 2002, Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic:
- The yahrzeit is here, and the least lachrymose country on earth is devising its rituals of commemoration.