- 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.
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.
An example of a shamas is the person who lights the candles in a Hanukkah menorah.
shamas definition by Webster's New World
- 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 ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shamash, servant, sexton ; from root šmš, to serve, minister