shammes definition by Webster's New World
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shammes definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.