- Shamos, an alternative spelling for shamas or shamash, is the candle used to light the other candles on a Chanukah menorah, also called a helper candle.
The candle that sits in the middle of a Chanukah menorah is an example of a shamos.
Variant of shamas
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 ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shamash, servant, sexton ; from root šmš, to serve, minister