Schmaltz definition

shmälts
Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.
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(uncountable) Liquid chickenfat.
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Excessively sentimental art or music.
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Maudlin sentimentality.
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Highly sentimental and banal music, literature, etc.
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Banal or excessive sentimentalism.
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(uncountable) Excessively sentimental art or music.
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Origin of schmaltz

  • Yiddish shmalts animal fat, sentimentality from Middle High German smalz animal fat from Old High German mel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Yiddish שמאַלץ (shmalts) or German Schmalz.

    From Wiktionary