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[shtet-l, shtey-tl] /ˈʃtɛt l, ˈʃteɪ tl/
noun, plural shtetlach
[shtet-lahkh, -luh kh, shteyt-] /ˈʃtɛt lɑx, -ləx, ˈʃteɪt-/ (Show IPA).
English, shtetls. Yiddish.
(formerly) a Jewish village or small-town community in eastern Europe. Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for shtetl


noun (pl) shtetlach (ˈʃtetlaːx), shtetls
(formerly) a small Jewish community in Eastern Europe
Word Origin
Yiddish, little town
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Word Origin and History for shtetl

Jewish small town or village in Eastern Europe, 1949, from Yiddish, literally "little town," from diminutive of German Stadt "city, town," from Old High German stat "place," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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