Yiddish

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See also: yiddish and yíddish

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Yiddish ייִדיש(yidish), from Yidish Daytsh, from Middle High German jüdisch diutsch (Jewish German), cognate with German jüdisch (Jewish).

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  • enPR: yĭd'ĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈjɪd.ɪʃ/
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Yiddish (comparative more Yiddish, superlative most Yiddish)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Yiddish language.
  2. (informal) Jewish; relating to Yiddishkeit.
    Yiddish cooking; Yiddish music

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Yiddish

  1. A West Germanic, or more specifically High German, 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 mostly written in Hebrew characters which is used mainly among Ashkenazic Jews from central and eastern Europe.
    • 1983, Philip Baldi, An Introduction to the Indo-European Languages, p. 128:
      Yiddish is a High German language [...] two varieties of Yiddish developed [...]

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