any of the former Jewish village communities of E Europe, esp. in Russia
Origin of shtetlYiddish, diminutive of shtot, city ; from Middle High German stat, city
nounpl. shtetls or shtet·lach
A small Jewish town or village in Eastern Europe, especially before World War II.
Origin of shtetlYiddish, from Middle High German stetel, diminutive of stat, town, from Old High German, place; see sta- in Indo-European roots.