Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner, Editors-in-Chief
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Format: cloth 744 pages
7 x 10
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.


"No dictionary has ever opened up Yiddish as spectacularly for the English-speaking audience as Beinfeld and Bochner’s Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary. Weinreich’s is still the best English-Yiddish dictionary — for now — and it may always be a part of Yiddish-language education in America. But Beinfeld and Bochner, and before them Niborski and Vaisbrot, have compiled something truly special, books that satisfy the needs of advanced students, beginners, indeed anyone who can read the alphabet. The Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary is a book you can fall in love with.

" —Jewish Daily Forward

"New and up-to-date, the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, edited by Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner, is a must-have book for both students of Yiddish and fluent Yiddish speakers and writers. . . . This essential reference book begins with an invaluable user's guide that not only introduces readers to the Yiddish alphabet, but also provides a detailed guide on how to use this dictionary and the information it provides within the entries.

" —The Jewish Eye

"Students and professional Yiddishists on all levels now have available a crucial aid in their work. Included is a most helpful user's guide, an introduction and road map through the difficulties inherent in working with two distinct alphabets and language systems. This volume is an indispensable, skillful, and user-friendly addition to the field of Yiddish. . . . Essential." —Choice

"The product of many years of painstaking research and scholarly collaboration and distinguished both by profound linguistic erudition . . . and overall accessibility, this dictionary is a truly monumental achievement in the field of Yiddish lexicography. Yidddish readers of all levels will benefit greatly from having this extraordinary reference resource available to them." —AJL Reviews

"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

"The appearance of this dictionary is an event of the utmost importance in the field of Yiddish lexicography." —Journal of Jewish Languages

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