Yahrzeit meaning

yärtsīt, -zīt
The anniversary of the death of a relative, observed with mourning and the recitation of religious texts.
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(judaism) The anniversary of the death of a parent or other member of the immediate family, commemorated by the lighting of a 24-hour candle (yahrzeit candle), the saying of kaddish, etc.
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(Judaism) The anniversary of a person's death, often of a parent's.
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Origin of yahrzeit

  • Yiddish anniversary from Middle High German jārzīt jār year (from Old High German yēr- in Indo-European roots) zīt time (from Old High German dā- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • From Yiddish יאָרצײַט (yortsayt). Cognate to German Jahreszeit (“season"), which heavily influenced the spelling and pronunciation once the word was borrowed into English.

    From Wiktionary