Schmaltz Definition

zhmälts, zhmôlts
Highly sentimental and banal music, literature, etc.
Webster's New World
Banal or excessive sentimentalism.
Webster's New World
Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.
American Heritage

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

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