[shtet-l, shtey-tl]
noun, plural shtetlach [shtet-lahkh, -luhkh, shteyt-] . English, shtetls. Yiddish.
(formerly) a Jewish village or small-town community in eastern Europe. Unabridged
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shtetl (ˈʃtetəl)
n , pl shtetlach, shtetls
(formerly) a small Jewish community in Eastern Europe
[Yiddish, little town]

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Word Origin & History

small Jewish town or village in Eastern Europe, 1949, from Yiddish, lit. "little town," from dim. of Ger. Stadt "city, town," from O.H.G. stat "place," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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Example sentences
The warmth of the shtetl feeds the creativity of these nascent cinephiles.
No major event in the shtetl was complete without klezmer music.
If you want to live your life as if you were back in the shtetl, fine.
The world of the shtetl was one of privation and miseries endured.
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