Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00983-8
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Winner, 2013 Judaica Reference Award

Including over 37,000 entries compiled by a team of expert Yiddish linguists, Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary surpasses all its predecessors in the number of words and rich selection of idioms, examples of usage, and coverage of stylistic levels and dialect forms. The user-friendly entries include words for standard and literary as well as contemporary colloquial and conversational usage and a wide range of terms from all sources of Yiddish, including those of Hebraic-Aramaic, Slavic, and Romance as well as Germanic origin. The lexical corpus comes directly from the highly acclaimed Dictionnaire Yiddish-Français by Yitskhok Niborski and Bernard Vaisbrot, published by the Bibliothèque Medem in Paris in 2002. Augmented by an extensive user's guide, this volume is an indispensable resource for students, teachers, translators, and readers of Yiddish.

Author Bio

Solon Beinfeld taught modern European and modern Jewish history at Washington University in St. Louis and has translated extensively from Yiddish, most recently The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman.

Harry Bochner, a linguist and Yiddishist, is author of Simplicity in Generative Morphology.


“Superbly attuned to serve anglophone Yiddishophiles and to effectively convey all the Yiddish AND English semantic, idiomatic, and lexical nuances that make a proper bilingual dictionary a true success.”
 — Dov-Ber Kerler, Indiana University

“An essential tool for all in the English-speaking world who want to have access to the incomparable riches to be found in the vast corpus of Yiddish literature, in Yiddish books and a Yiddish press, published on five continents over the last five centuries. ”
 — Samuel Norich, publisher of the Forward

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