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noun (pl2=shtetlach)
  1. A Jewish village or small town, especially one in Eastern Europe.
    • 1992: However, you are right to suspect that there is some connection between my carefully considered opinion of the Hebrew people and this marvellous recital which your waxy ears, full of the cheesy gunk of the ', have been so fortunate to hear. " Will Self, Cock and Bull
    • 2005: Most of the second-generation immigrant kids of his neighborhood had been ... as desperate to go to college and become lawyers, doctors, businessmen, and leave the teeming city for the suburbs, as their parents had been to leave behind the shtetls' of Russia " Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home'' (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 8)
Etymology: From Yiddish shtetlYiddish, shtetl, from German Stadt "town".


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