schmaltz definition by Webster's New World
- highly sentimental and banal music, literature, etc.
- banal or excessive sentimentalism
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps via Yiddish ; from German schmaltz, literally , rendered fat, akin to schmelzen, to melt: see smelt
schmaltz definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Informal a. Excessively sentimental art or music.b. Maudlin sentimentality.
- Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.
Origin: Yiddish shmalts, animal fat, sentimentality, from Middle High German smalz, animal fat, from Old High German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.