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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yahr-tsahyt, yawr-]
    • /ˈyɑr tsaɪt, ˈyɔr-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yahr-tsahyt, yawr-]
    • /ˈyɑr tsaɪt, ˈyɔr-/

Definitions of yahrzeit word

  • noun yahrzeit the anniversary of the death of a parent, sibling, child, or spouse, observed by lighting a memorial lamp or candle the night before and reciting the Kaddish at the evening service of the day before and at the morning and afternoon services of the day itself. 1
  • noun yahrzeit the anniversary of the death of a close relative, on which it is customary to kindle a light and recite the Kaddish and also, in some communities, to observe a fast 0
  • noun yahrzeit the anniversary of the death of a parent or other member of the immediate family, commemorated by the lighting of a 24-hour candle (yahrzeit candle), the saying of kaddish, etc. 0
  • noun yahrzeit (Judaism) The anniversary of a person's death, often of a parent's. 0

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Origin of yahrzeit

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
1850-55; < Yiddish yortsayt, equivalent to yor year + tsayt time (see tide1); compare Middle High German jārzīt anniversary

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