Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. sham·mo·sim Judaism
- A sexton in a synagogue.
- The candle used to light the other eight candles of a Hanukkah menorah.
Origin: Yiddish shames, from Hebrew šammāš, from Aramaic šammāš, servant, minister, probably from Egyptian šmsw, servant, from šms, to follow, serve.