[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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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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