The definition of a shamas is a thin thrush bird with a long tail with black feathers, a white rear, tail sides and a chestnut belly.noun
An example of a shamas is a white-rumped shamas.
A shamas is defined as an official in a synagogue who manages many of the day-to-day activities.noun
An example of a shamas is the person who lights the candles in a Hanukkah menorah.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. shamosim
- a synagogue official who provides various services, often one who manages day-to-day affairs
- the candle used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah
Origin: Yiddish < Heb shamash, servant, sexton < root šmš, to serve, minister
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